'Project Linus' sews blankets for the needy

BROOKSVILLE, FLORIDA - The Helping Hands charity sewing group isn't on pins and needles when they come in to quilt.Rather, they look forward to their weekly sessions.

The ladies meet every Thursday at the Brookridge Country Club and they sew blanket after blanket, donating their finished products to children in need.

Karen Doulin, the president of Helping Hands, is involved with several charities and her group provides services to many of them. They sew hats for babies, gowns for Hospice patients, and foam carrots for people with arthritis.

"It's very rewarding knowing where your supplies are going, and we all like helping people," says Doulin.

But their operation is only a small part of Project Linus, a nationwide non-profit organization dedicated to "Providing Security Through Blankets" to ill and traumatized children and teens.

It all started on Christmas Eve, 1995, when Colorado resident Karen Loucks read an article about a 3-year-old cancer patient.In a picture accompanying the story, the girl was clutching her security blanket.

Loucks was so moved by the article she decided to provide homemade security blankets to a local hospital, and Project Linus was born.

Now there are 368 chapters nationwide, with branches in all 50 states.

To date, Project Linus has donated almost 4.5 million handmade blankets to help comfort children in hospitals and shelters.

Helping Hands alone has provided over 22,000 blankets to kids since it started with the organization in 2004.

Named after the adorable blanket toting character from the Peanuts comic strip, Project Linus is funded exclusively through donations.

To make a contribution, visit http://projectlinus.org/donations/.

Written by 10 News intern Adam Pages


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