History of Project Linus (ETQG newsletter Sept. 2005)
Christmas Eve, 1995 : An article appears in Parade Magazine entitled ‘Joy to the World’ by Pulitzer Prize winning photo-journalist, Eddie Adms. Part of the article features a petite, downy- haired child. She has been going through intensive chemotherapy and states that her security blanket has helped her get through the treatments. Karen Loucks-Baker decides to provide homemade security blankets to Denver’s Rocky Mountain Children’s Cancer Center. Project Linus is born.
June, 2001 : There are over 400 chapters of project Linus and more than 300,000 blankets donated! Project Linus has a non-profit status and is unique by being run 100% by caring volunteers. Communities coming together to provide security through blankets to local children undergoing difficult situations, especially aiming toward paediatric cancer patients.
Origin of the name : Project Linus was named after the adorable security blanket-toting character from the Peanuts © comic strip. Creator Charles Schulz was aware of our effort and was delighted to have Linus inspire blanket-makers to help comfort children in need. “
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