Project Linus Hilo Chapter - plhi
Providing Security Through Blankets
Project Linus (www.projectlinus.org) is a volunteer organization that provides handmade blankets to children in need. The Big Island chapter is headquartered in Hilo. To date, we've donated about 4000 blankets around the state. Donor sites vary. Many go to Child Welfare Services in East and West Hawai'i, serving keiki who really need a security blanket to get them through times of family crisis. We also donate blankets to Hospice of Hilo for their programs for bereaved children, and to the Salvation Army.
We're very fortunate to enjoy the sponsorship and assistance of Discount Fabric Warehouse in Hilo and Kona and its owner, Mr. Bill Miller. DFW serves as our drop off point throughout the year, provides incentives in the form of gift certificates for our blanketeers, and hosts both our annual blanket drive and our sewing sessions and meetings. We could not do it without Mr. Miller and the wonderful DFW staff. Mahalo!
Blankets to the Keiki
Project Linus donated 165 blankets to the Waiakea Lions Club, for distribution to needy keiki at their annual Christmas Party. After Santa roared up on his motorcycle, each child received a gift bag that included a snuggly security blanket from Project Linus blanketeers. It really made the gift bags special. Mahalo to all our blanketeers!
February 2014 Blanketeering
We have a LOT of new donated fabric that needs to be cut. We'll meet at Discount Fabric Warehouse in Hilo on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
BLANKET DRIVE A BIG SUCCESS
Once again, Big Island blanketeers came through! We collected 300 blankets at the Hilo location of Discount Fabric Warehouse! Many thanks to the DFW staff and owner, Mr. Bill Miller.
Welcome Oahu Chapter!
There's a new Project Linus Chapter in Hawai'i - on Oahu! Welcome to Chapter Coordinator Raquel Tucker and her growing crew of enthusiastic blanketeers. We've needed a chapter in the Honolulu area for a long time and Raquel is ready to provide needy keiki with blankets, and talented crafters a chance to create. They've already had some blanketeering sessions - here's a photo of them in action! Raquel's email and phone are below in the Contacts section, and we'll link to their website as soon as it's up and running. Aloha Oahu Project Linus blanketeers!
All 2013 Photos
Alison's lion blanket
Early donations to the blanket drive 10/26/13
Blankets are piling up!
More piles of blankets!
More great quilts
Ready to receive blankets!
Blankets keep coming!
Hawai'i kine quilts
Blankets piling up
Piles of quilts
Different types of blankets
Blankets on display
Quilt types - patchwork and envelope style
Crocheted and knitted
Fringed and serged fleece
Flannel with crocheted edge
Become a Project Linus BLANKETEER!
Anyone who crafts a handmade blanket for a needy keiki is a blanketeer! You don't have to come to our meetings - blankets you make on your own are happily accepted. In fact most of our blankets come to us this way! Drop off any blankets or donations at Discount Fabric Warehouse anytime, just say it's for Project Linus.
If you want to join us to sew, sort, label, and talk story, check the calendar on this page (right hand side) for scheduled sessions. We also list our meetings in the Hawai'i Tribune-Herald newspaper Saturday Calendar section. Meetings are monthly (with some breaks for summer and holidays) at Discount Fabric Warehouse in Hilo (933 Kanoelehua Ave.). DFW is kind enough to let us use their (air conditioned!) project room and sewing machines.
Call or email the Chapter Coordinators for questions.
How to Donate BLANKETS
All Project Linus blankets must be handmade (quilted, sewn, knitted, crocheted, or no-sew fringed fleece), machine washable and dryable, and kid friendly. This means bright, cheerful colors! Remember our blankets go to both boys and girls, of all ages. Blankets must be free of pet hair, smoke smells or other strong smells. Also, please make sure no pins have been left in the blankets!
We need blankets in all sizes. Standard size is 40 inches by 60 inches. Bigger blankets, up to twin bed size, are okay, but no smaller than one yard square (36 inches by 36 inches), please. We donate more to older children and teens than infants, so we don't need as many small blankets.
Look at the "Patterns and Instructions" tab on the top of this page for ideas.
Drop off your completed blankets anytime at Discount Fabric Warehouse in Hilo or Kona. Just mention it's for Project Linus.
Don't live on the Big Island? There's a new Project Linus chapter on Oahu - see the Contacts section. Or contact the Hilo Chapter coordinators for alternative arrangements.
All Project Linus chapters are required to raise a minimum amount of funds to support the cause. It costs money to run a charity as large as Project Linus, with chapters in all 50 states. The beautiful hand crafted blankets made with so much love by our Big Island blanketeers are still our main requirement, but if you are not a crafter or just want to support us in other ways, please consider a monetary donation. You can donate online (please specify the Hawai'i Big Island Chapter!) at http://www.projectlinus.org/donations/ Contact the Chapter Coordinator for more information. Mahalo!
If you know of an organization on the Big Island that needs blankets for keiki, please tell us! Project Linus blankets are for any child (up to 18 years old) who might be suffering from illness, trauma, homelessness, or any unfortunate circumstance who needs the warmth of a handmade security blanket.
Individual families may also request blankets for children who have recently undergone a loss or trauma.
Please contact the Chapter Coordinator Kathleen Stacey for more information. Contact information is below.
If you can't make a blanket, Project Linus has other urgent needs, as well. Here's our "Wish List:"
- Fabric - machine washable and dryable in bright, cheerful solids and kid friendly prints. Cotton, poly-cotton blends, and flannel are best. One yard pieces or larger only, please.
- Batting - the fluffy stuff that goes in the middle of a quilt. We need lots of this to complete blankets made from donated fabric, and it's expensive!
- Fleece - also called "polar fleece". A yard and a half of 45 inch wide fleece makes a great no-sew fringed blanket. Our blanketeers will cut and fringe if you bring the fleece!
- Yarn - machine washable and dryable acrylics in any weight (e.g. Red Heart, Bernat Baby). Again - bright and cheerful kid colors, solid or varigated. Blanketeers will knit or crochet into blankets.
- Crocheted or knitted squares, any size - as long as they are machine washable and dryable, we can put a blanket together.
- Monetary donations are always welcome! Money is used to pay chapter expenses and to purchase supplies when needed.
Donations can be dropped off any time at Discount Fabric Warehouse in Hilo (933 Kanoelehua Ave.) - just mention it's for Project Linus. Contact the Chapter Coordinators for questions.
Location of Discount Fabric Warehouse, Hilo
DFW is our year-round drop off point. Bring your handmade blankets here anytime. Just say they're for Project Linus!
The Project Linus Mission
First - Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
Second - Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
From the ProjectLinus.org website
Patterns and Instructions
Archived News and Photos
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