Project Linus: Providing Security Through Blankets

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Project Linus of Western Arkansas is hosting “Make a Blanket Day” on Saturday, February 16 from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Fort Smith Public Library, 3201 Rogers Ave., Fort Smith, AR.

This is the first annual event to provide a service for local children, build relationships, and raise awareness for Project Linus.

The mission of Project Linus is twofold. First, to 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.” Secondly, provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

The organization was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois. National President Carol Babbitt and Vice President Mary Balagna direct and orchestrate the activities of Project Linus chapters located across the United States. Both have been involved with the organization since late 1998, as chapter coordinators and now as directors and officers.

​With chapters in all 50 states, Project Linus continues to grow. Blankets are collected locally and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug.

​“I am extremely pleased by the outpouring of support Project Linus has enjoyed.” states Babbitt. “The comfort brought to a child by a Project Linus security blanket should not be underestimated. Thanks to our many blanketeers and our chapter coordinators, millions of children and their families have been given comfort and security at a time when they need it most. In addition, blanketeers are given an opportunity to use their talents and abilities in a most rewarding way.”

If you are interested in helping Project Linus, you can visit their webpage.  You can also find out more information by visiting their Facebook page.

During the time “blanketeers” will be working on no sew fleece, knitting, or just come by and say hi. This is a fun and purposeful event for service groups, friends and families.

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Tammy Teague

Tammy Teague

Mansfield native, with roots in Scott County. Daughter, sister, wife and Christian. Education: 1995 MHS graduate; 1999 Arkansas Tech University Graduate - BA in Journalism. Career: Managing Editor - The Citizen; Copy Writer - Southwest Times Record; 20+ years experience in the news.

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