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OUR STORY:  By Joyce Pickett, Chapter Coordinator

While working at Edward’s Sewing Center in February, 2004, Peggy Albertson, former Chapter Coordinator, became involved in Project Linus’ National Make-A-Blanket Day.  When she discovered there was no local Project Linus chapter, she was very disappointed.  Sitting in church the following day, Peggy started to think about how blessed she was to have healthy children and a happy, healthy granddaughter.  She was so very grateful, (and still is), that her family has not had the need for a security blanket.  At that moment, she received a very strong call from God to start a local Linus chapter.

Monday Morning Peggy went to the Project Linus website to get more information on how to start a chapter.

She applied, and on April 13, 2004 received an email that she had been approved to begin one in this area.  So there we were… Except after 11 years as chapter coordinator and countless hours of dedicated work, Peggy decided that changes in her life required her to step down and turn the reins over to someone else. As her sister, I have been involved with the chapter since its inception and was able to step in and take over as Chapter Coordinator. Peggy will stay involved as a blanketeer and as my consultant, and together we will make sure our chapter continues to flourish and serve the needs of our community.

OUR LOCATION:

Stay tuned.

CHAPTER COORDINATOR:

Joyce Pickett
email: pickettjm@hotmail.com
phone:  (260) 486-2010

MAILING ADDRESS:

4508 Blum Drive

Fort Wayne, IN 46835

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OUR ORIGINS

LauraOn Christmas Eve, 1995, an article titled “Joy to the World” appeared in Parade Magazine. It was written by Pulitzer Prize winning photo-journalist, Eddie Adams. Part of the article featured a petite, downy haired child named Laura:

“Laura has unusual compassion for others,” Charlotte Barry-Williams of Oceanside, California, says of her daughter, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 1993. “I guess part of the reason is that she has experienced so much pain herself.”

A special “blankie” has helped Laura, 3, get through more than two years of intensive chemotherapy. She takes it to the hospital with her when she goes for treatment. When she was first diagnosed, 97 percent of her bone marrow contained cancerous cells. Although chemotherapy has helped eradicate the cancer, she has had to endure nausea, high fevers and the loss of her hair. An allergic reaction at one point caused her to lose vital signs.

“She doesn’t understand what cancer means,” her mother says. “She’s a very joyous and happy person, very curious.” Her mother hopes Laura can start preschool next spring.

After reading the article, Karen Loucks decided to provide homemade security blankets to Denver’s Rocky Mountain Children’s Cancer Center, and Project Linus was born.

WHERE PROJECT LINUS IS TODAY

About 250 chapters of Project Linus exist in the United States with over 5 million blankets delivered worldwide since 1998.

MISSION STATEMENT

Project Linus is comprised of hundreds of local chapters and thousands of volunteers across the United States. Each volunteer and local chapter all work together to help us achieve our mission statement, which states:

  • FIRST    Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
  • SECOND   Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

TO READ MORE

Visit the Project Linus Website www.projectlinus.org.

 

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