Hearts of Yolo: Project Linus of Yolo County

Thursday, Jan 5, 2017

Project Linus of Yolo County has a simple but important mission. They work “to provide a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill,traumatized, or otherwise in need through gifts of new, handmade blankets lovingly created by volunteer blanketeers.”

The Yolo County chapter of Project Linus was originally started by Diane McGee and Ann Shannon as part of the Sacramento chapter. After achieving a solid Blanketeers at a Project Linus gatheringfollowing, Diane was awarded her own chapter in 2010. “We have about 25-40 people at our monthly meetings where we sew on labels to the blankets that our volunteers have made at home. The amount of time our volunteers spend making blankets for children in need is really incredible.” Additionally, Diane sends a monthly email to over 175 blanketeers so that people who are working or have conflicts with the meetings can participate.

One woman, Dorothy Finley, lost count at about 500 blankets. “It’s like giving someone a warm hug,” she states.

Diane says that Yolo County CASA was a natural fit to their mission. “We wanted to give foster children who had been traumatized something of their very own that symbolized security, warmth, and love.”

Over 120 blankets later, Project Linus of Yolo County had made more than enough blankets for each CASA volunteer to give to their CASA child. “We do whatever it takes to get the blankets made and we are constantly applying for grants to help us with supplies. The Davis community has been very generous in donating fabric and yarn to our group.”

Project Linus is always looking for new children to serve. “That ‘warm hug’ that Dorothy spoke about should be something that every child, regardless of circumstance receives. We are just a group of dedicated women that like to use our hands and our craft to ensure that all children feel special.”

Thank you, Project Linus, for everything that you do for foster children, and for ensuring that each CASA volunteer has a warm hug to give his or her CASA child this holiday season.

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