Project Linus is a nonprofit organization that have brought comfort to these children. Project Linus was founded by Suzann McGinnis. Project Linus provides new, handmade blankets to critically ill and traumatized children. Since its inception in June 2000, Handmade Hugs has distributed blankets to comfort children in the San Fernando Valley, San Gabriel Valley, Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Tujunga, Los Angeles and surrounding areas. We deliver new handmade security blankets that are sewn, quilted, knitted or crocheted. They must be washable and in kid friendly colors and/or patterns. Once these blankets are given to the children, most of them never put them down because they provide so much comfort and security for them in a life that has been turned upside-down by illness or accident.
Since 2,000 Project Linus has made and donated 50,574 blankets. WOW! Of course this number is forever changing, thanks to the many people who sew, knit, and crochet these beautiful blankets. I am amazed when we go to donate fabric and scraps to Project Linus. They use it all, even the small thread scraps. The very small fabric scraps as well as thread scraps, are used to fill pillows for pet beds. These pet beds are donated to the Humane Society. We have been donating fabric scraps now for over 5 years. It amazes me how these women donate their time so that children in need can have the warmth of a blanket.