Klamath Falls, Ore. – Over the past 20 years, ‘Project Linus’ has given over 5,000,000 security blankets to kids going through troubled times…and the Project Linus group in Klamath Falls is particularly active.
‘Project Linus’ got its start back in 1995.
“It was a woman who gave blankets to children with cancer in a hospital.” Notes Kitty Hall of Klamath Falls. “And it just got bigger and bigger from there.”
The Klamath Falls chapter began back in 2007 with 22 people.
The group has since grown, and over 110 were on hand for a ‘Blanket Day’ Saturday at Klamath Community College.
“You sit with your friends, but you made a lot of new friends also.” Notes Denny Fullerton. “You have a lot in common with each other.”
Kitty Hall says Project Linus stepped up to help when the ‘Boles’ fire destroyed over 100 homes in Weed, California…
“We sent 900 blankets to Weed. Over 900. We gave a blanket to every child in Weed.”
Judy Sartor of the Shasta Lily Quilt Guild was there…
“This one little boy, who took his quilt up to his mother – because she’d lost everything. And we made sure that he had his own quilt to take home too.”
The finished blankets feel almost as good as a hug.
“And every kid needs a hug.” Adds Judy Sartor. “No matter what size they are.”
The Klamath Falls Project Linus Chapter has made over 11,000 quilts over the past 8 years.
Chapters are now thriving in Jackson, and Josephine counties.
You can find out more at: www.projectlinus.org