“I Spy,” we all spy. Project Linus is on a special assignment for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
“We need 150 child to teen-size blankets to take to the hospital for an October event for some of the patients. That means, we need them by the end of September so that we can prepare them for delivery,” said Kit Rosskamp, organizer of the Project Linus “I Spy” Blanket Day, set for Saturday, May 16. The Project Linus Nashville Chapter will hold the blanket day at the Mt. Juliet Church of Christ in Mt. Juliet to make “I Spy” quilts (Halloween quilts would also be nice as well as others.)
“Please bring any homemade blanket that you have ready as well as any “I Spy” fabrics and patterns. To get ahead of the task, you can bring 6 ½-inch or 8 ½-inch squares to be used in a quilt. We will also begin work on Bazaar items to be sold at Oktoberfest in October to raise funds to support our chapter,” she said.
All ages and all skill levels are asked to come join everyone as they create blankets for the children.
“Can you tie a knot? Can you cut fabric? Can you thread a needle? Can you crochet or knit? Do you love children? Well then, we need you,” Rosskamp noted. Sewing machines, irons, and some fabrics will be available. (If you are more comfortable with your own sewing machine, please bring it. There will be a place for you set it up.)
“Come anytime to help make blankets – you do not need to know how to quilt – we’ll guide you through the steps and there will be many other jobs available. Donations of blankets, kid-friendly cotton fabric (1-yard pieces or larger), fleece (1½-yard pieces), quilt batting, or new yarn, are also accepted anytime. Bring a brown bag lunch and a snack to share. Drinks and desserts will be provided,” she added.
The “I Spy” blanket day on May 16 will be from 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Mt. Juliet Church of Christ at 1940 North Mt. Juliet Road
Project Linus was named after the beloved Peanuts character, the security blanket toting Linus. The first mission of Project Linus is to provide love, security, warmth and comfort to children, who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade, washable blankets and afghans, lovingly crafted by volunteer “blanketeers.”
Secondly, it is the organization’s mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities for the benefit of children. Project Linus was started by Karen Loucks in 1995 to help children with cancer get through their treatments. Since then, the volunteer national organization has grown to almost 380 chapters throughout the United States and has donated more 2.7 million blankets to children in need.
The Nashville Chapter was begun in October 2001 and has delivered more than 9,900 blankets to places like Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Services, General Hospital at MeHarry, Greenhouse Ministries, Our Kids, Charis Health Center, Mercy Clinic, as well as individuals and children of soldiers (out of Fort Campbell) who have been killed serving their country.
For more information on this blanket day and to learn more about Project Linus please call Rosskamp at (615) 604-7317 or 443-3855, or Tina Wilke at 449-5097 or visit the local website at www.projectlinusnashville.org or the national one at www.projectlinus.org.