Project Linus National Make-A-Blanket Day
The Fairfax County chapter of Project Linus will be holding a blanket-making session from 1-5 pm
Saturday February 17 is Project Linus National Make-A-Blanket Day. The Fairfax County chapter of Project Linus will be holding a blanket-making session from 1-5 pm at United Christian Parish in Resont, VA.
You don't have to know how to sew; fleece blankets will be cut in advance and you just have to make the fringe to finish off the blankets. This is an activity for all ages, we have had blanketeers from 5-years-old to 90-years-young, so bring your family and friends!
Snacks will be served to keep up the energy levels of the volunteers.
Project Linus missions are:
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, quilts 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.
Recipients of blankets in our area include:
INOVA Children's Hospital, Falls Church
INOVA Mt. Vernon Hospital, Pediatric Emergency Room
INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital, Pediatric Emergency Room
Reston Hospital, NICU and Pediatric Department
Jill's House, provides a safe environment for children with intellectual disabilities, Vienna
Ronald McDonald House, Falls Church
Healthworks Northern Virginia, Herndon
Fairfax County Police Department, Victim's Services Unit, for child victims of assault or abuse
Fairfax County Department of Family Services; Children, Youth and Families Division, for babies born to teenage mothers; and for children awaiting foster placement or adoption
Pediatric Specialists of Virginia Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Children's National Health System, Falls Church
We have recently started to expand our services to DC, Loudoun and Arlington counties too:
Children's National Medical Center, DC
Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter, Leesburg
Borromeo Housing, Arlington (for poor and homeless young mothers)
Bridges to Independence, Arlington (family homeless shelter)
Comments from recipient organizations:
"I am Becca a Child Life Specialist over at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. I wanted to thank you so much for your generous donation of quilts and blankets for our pediatric patients."
Becca Wagner, MS, CCLS; Certified Child Life Specialist; Emergency Department; Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
"Thank you so much - we are totally grateful for your group's wonderful donation!"
Sandra Baron, Head of Volunteer Services; Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.
"Blankets . . . are very popular with our patients." Dr. Gina Owusu, Lead Pediatrician, Reston Hospital
Please help us keep the blankets going to recipients in Northern Virginia and DC! For more information and RSVP, please contact Annabelle Hammer, firstname.lastname@example.org.