About Project Linus
Project Linus is a national non-profit focused on providing children with a security blanket. After reading about a young girl who took her security blanket with her to her chemotherapy treatments for leukemia, Karen Loucks of Parker, CO began making homemade blankets for Denver’s Rocky Mountain Children’s Cancer Center. It was from reading this Parade article on Christmas Eve, 1995 and her subsequent actions which lead to the formal establishment of Project Linus. Since its inception, over 6,000,000 blankets have been lovingly crafted by “blanketeers” of all ages.
About Our Chapter
As of year end 2016, our all-volunteer chapter has proudly provided over 21,000 blankets since 1998. Over 1500 blankets were made in 2016 alone. This would not be possible without the ongoing generosity of the Lee County community. We thank the dedicated efforts of our many volunteers — individuals, Girl Scout Troups, and craft groups — who make this possible. Some of our blanketeers, reside in southern FL, while others are snowbirds for a few months during season. A special thank you to Matilda Wilson, our chapter coordinator, and Cypress Lake Presbyterian Church for giving us a place to meet.
Our Chapter Mission
Our mission is two-fold: (1) to provide lovingly made tokens of comfort to children in a wide variety of crisis situations and (2) to provide a meaningful service opportunity to individuals and groups.
How Our Chapter Operates
We make, collect, and distribute new, handmade blankets for critically ill and traumatized children. At our monthly meetings, we sort, label, and package blankets for distribution to our local partners. Delivery frequency to each of our partnering organizations varies. On average, at least one group receives blankets each 4 – 6 weeks. All blankets remain in the area and are never sold to raise money for the chapter. At this time, we do not distribute blankets to individuals.
You are invited to come to our monthly working meetings or annual get-togethers to help prepare blankets or learn more. The latest schedule is available on our calendar.
Groups We Support
In recent years, we’ve work with almost 20 organizations serving children in the Ft. Myers, FL metro area. These organizations identify children who would benefit from the emotional comfort a handmade blanket holds. Supported groups include:
- Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program (GAL)
- Golisano Children’s Hospital – Health Park (NICU, 2nd Floor, 5th Floor)
- Abuse Counseling & Treatment (ACT)
- Fort Myers Police Department
- Children’s Home Society of Florida
- Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Florida
- Healthy Start of Southwest Florida
- Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care Center
- Children’s Advocacy Center
To be an official Project Linus chapter, annual dues are paid. We’ve recently been the beneficiary of the time and talents of Kohl’s employees through its “Associates in Action” program.
We also have received support in the past from a local Wells Fargo branch. Support last year and this year also came from Walmart Store 5453 (505 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral) and Sam’s Club 8130 (5170 S Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers).