The Denver Chapter no longer accepts:

  • Blankets made for Court ordered community service (we can’t verify who made the blankets and hours)

  • Polar fleece blankets that have not had BOTH selvedge edges removed (see below for explanation of selvedge edges) Why waste your time and money if you are not going to make blankets that will be utilized by the children we serve?

Attention Quilters- Registration is Now Open!

Please join us for the 2022 PROJECT LINUS MYSTERY QUILT CHALLENGE You’ll receive 9 downloadable clues with accompanying videos = 9 weeks of Quilting Fun!

A contest will follow in January with some GREAT prizes. Details will be provided on our website. Only $20!

Register at www.projectlinus.org Please designate your $20 donation to the Denver Chapter. This is our big fundraiser of the year. Each chapter is responsible for raising funds for their chapter’s expenses which include but are not limited to items like: Project Linus blanket tags, delivery bags, brochures, blanket making and office supplies, postage, etc. 

 

Drop Off Locations – Volunteer Ops – Blanket Specs – Donations -Speaker Availability

Colorado is the birthplace of Project Linus.  Our founding chapter celebrated its 26th anniversary Christmas Eve! Since its early days, the Denver chapter has made and delivered over 100,000 blankets to seriously ill and traumatized children locally and worldwide.

Nationally, the organization has delivered over 8.6 million handmade security blankets. That’s equal to about one blanket for each resident of Switzerland, Israel or of Project Linus Founder Karen’s home state of Virginia!

In the Denver metro area, most of our blankets go to Denver Health and The Children’s Hospital as they have the highest populations of pediatric patients. We also regularly deliver to other local hospitals, hospice, police & fire departments, social services, specialty camps, military, Native American reservations, etc.

We sometimes share our blankets with the 300(ish) other chapters around the country when a special need arises (hurricanes, floods, tornado, shooting, etc.) We work with a variety of organizations and individuals who help disperse blankets to children around the globe. Project Linus has become an integral part of the military by helping when a parent is deployed, helping knit a family back together after deployment and providing blankets for children of fallen soldiers.

Please do not deliver directly to the recipient sites if you want your blanket to be considered a Project Linus blanket. We need to inspect each donation for potential hazards. It is only after they have passed our quality control test, that we add our signature Linus tag, insuring it is ready for delivery.

 

Drop Off Locations

We have a variety of drop-off sites for finished blankets around the Denver metro area. These include:

Boulder– JOANN Fabrics and Crafts- Arapahoe Village, 2440 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80302 (303) 444-1954

Centennial– Fortis Private Bank, 7006 S. Alton Way, Bldg. B, Centennial 80112, Kathy Turner (303) 694-2265

Centennial– JOANN Fabrics and Crafts- 9090 E Phillips Pl, Centennial, CO 80112 (303) 799-1741

Denver– PAKMAIL, 2443 S University Blvd, Denver, CO Hours: Mon-Fri- 9-6, Saturday 10-4 (303) 744-6245

Evergreen– Karen (303) 478-6652

Highlands Ranch– Lauren (770) 324-0834

Littleton– JOANN Fabrics and Crafts- in the SW Commons Shopping center, 8601 W. Cross Dr, Littleton 

Lone Tree– Gini (303) 619-3654

Parker– Karen (303) 478-6652

Westminster– JOANN Fabrics and Crafts- 9250 Sheridan Boulevard #200, Westminster, CO 80031 (303) 429-5209

We are looking for more blanket drop off sites around town. Businesses make an ideal drop off location as they tend to be a more convenient for our blanket makers (blanketeers!) and bring potential customers through your doors. Please contact (303) 478-6652 if you have suggestions. Thanks!

Volunteer Opportunities

All chapters are run by volunteers. The Denver chapter is eager to have participation from the community. Knitters, Crocheters, Quilters and Polar Fleece Tie-ers are lovingly referred to as our Blanketeers. They come in all shapes, ages and sizes. If you are a member of a group -schools, scout troop, church, 4H, civic clubs, MOPS, book club, guild, family night, etc.- who would like to have a fun, team building activity, making Project Linus blankets can be the answer!

The Denver area is blessed with prolific blanketeers and we sometimes find ourselves overwhelmed with the task of labeling the blankets we receive. It’s as simple as hand or machine sewing a shirt-tag sized label to blankets that have passed our quality check. If you or your group would like to assist us with this endeavor, we would be thrilled!

There are many other volunteer activities available if blanket making is not your cup of tea. Some suggestions include Fundraising, Labeling, Delivering, Public Relations, Event Assistance, Web Design, etc. but we are also open to your suggestions and skills. And as always, tax deductible monetary donations are always very helpful. Please let us know if your employer provides matching funds. Adding Project Linus Denver to your will is a great way to continue your giving spirit and legacy. Happy to answer any questions you may have about this.

Contact Project Linus Founder, Denver Coordinator & Author of Working for Peanuts: The Project Linus Story for details- (303) 478-6652 or karen@karenloucks.com

Blanket Specifications- 

WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING POLAR FLEECE BLANKETS THAT HAVE EITHER OF THEIR SELVEDGE EDGES ON THEM- Please see the illustrations below or call if you have questions. As volunteers, we do not have time to fix poorly made blankets.  Please do not waste your time or money on donating poorly made blankets. They will not be donated to the children we serve or count for school service hours. 

  • Blankets must be handmade and unused (please, no store-bought).
  • We cannot accept blankets with strong odors- examples- smoke, perfume or Fabreeze type products. Some of our recipient children are immune compromised, allergic or very sensitive to the carcinogens . It is extremely difficult to remove tar, nicotine and other chemicals from fibers. A simple wash through a washing machine is not adequate and masking it with a Fabreeze type product or perfumey fabric softener can exacerbate the situation.
  • If you have pets (and many of us do), please keep them away from the blankets. Some children are allergic to animals, so it is imperative that we avoid these irritants.
  • Any size is acceptable.  We deliver blankets to children ranging from neonatal to young adult. The best size that fits a wide variety of children is approximately 40″ x 60″.
  • When buying polar fleece fabric, please make sure it is NON PILLING. Otherwise, the fabric will start shredding as soon as a cut is made.
  • If you’re making polar fleece blankets, please trim off BOTH selvedge edges before cutting the fringe. We no longer accept blankets that have not had their selvedge edges removed. They take too much of our volunteer time to fix what could have easily been done properly at the beginning of the project. The selvedge are the two side edges that curl up, have pin holes, and test patterns. It only takes a few seconds, and makes for a much more attractive blanket. 

  • Please do not fringe or put dangling embellishments or buttons on blankets intended for babies or young children as they may present a choking hazard.
  • All child and young adult patterns are welcome.
  • We are often asked if we have a special needs and that would be boy or neutral gender themed blankets. The vast majority that we receive tend to be traditional female friendly colors and designs- yet we serve just as many boys as we do girls.

Monetary Donations

Project Linus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Monetary donations are tax deductible. Donation receipts are available for blankets and Items in Kind donations.  Blanketeers should keep store receipts when buying supplies, because that is what the IRS uses to value the items, vs. what the value of the finished blanket might be.  Please contact your tax preparer for specific questions.

Each coordinator is responsible for fundraising to support their individual chapter. If a check is sent to our national headquarters, it will be placed in a general fund unless it is specifically earmarked such as for “Denver Chapter.” Checks should be made to “Project Linus” and sent to Project Linus Denver Chapter, 28109 Mariposa Rd, Evergreen, CO 80439.  You can also go onto the national web site www.projectlinus.org and specifically request that your donation is used for the Denver chapter.

 

To learn more about our national events and chapters, please visit:

Project Linus National Web Site:  www.projectlinus.org

Local Questions? Call Project Linus Denver at 303-478-6652