Project Linus

Thursday was the monthly meeting of the Portland chapter of  Project Linus. Project Linus is a volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gift of new handmade blankets, afghans and quilts.  If you would like know more visit the official site at www.projectlinus.org.

Once a month we gather to process the quilts that have come in… usually between 250 and 350.  We sort, check, label and fold.

Some finished blankets ready for delivery.

This month I delivered 8 quilts to the chapter, then spent time at the folding table. These are the quilts I dropped off……

There is always lots of laughter and fun at these meetings.  It is an amazing group of women and men that give up their time to help this cause.  We hear about where the quilts are going, are read thank you notes that have come in, we share patterns, swap fabric and generally have a jolly time.

At the end of this afternoon we had processed 375 quilts and blankets.  Over a hundred of them are heading to the East Coast to kids affected by the recent Sandy Storm.  A number of quilts are heading to a local women’s shelter and we had a collection of Christmas quilts that are going to the local children’s hospital for the holiday season.  The rest will go out to a variety of organizations around Portland.

I am now off to start my next quilt, which will no doubt end up being processed at the December meeting.

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