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Solano Chapter Of Project Linus Hits 3,000-Blanket Milestone

Solano County children in need reap benefits with non-profit's "handmade" hugs

Solano Chapter Of Project Linus Hits 3,000-Blanket Milestone

Special to Dixon Patch

The Solano County Chapter of Project Linus, which that makes handmade blankets for children who are traumatized, seriously ill, or otherwise in need of a "handmade hug," is celebrating a major milestone.

The non-profit, which is run entirely by volunteer "blanketeers," is celebrating a total of 3,000 blankets made and donated to children in Solano County.

Named after the blanket-toting Peanuts character, Project Linus is a national all-volunteer organization that provides comfort and security to children through gifts of handmade blankets.  Since its inception in 1995, Project Linus’ 368 chapters have distributed more than 4 million handmade blankets to children in need around the country. 

"Reaching the milestone of 3,000 blankets for the Solano County Chapter of Project Linus warms my heart," said Laura Proctor, Solano County chapter coordinator for Project Linus. "I am honored to be associated with such a loving, giving group of people, who have been able to make a difference in the lives of so many children here in our county."

The Solano County Chapter of Project Linus was founded in the Fall of 2008. It currently donates their gifts of handmade blankets to Solano County children being served by the following organizations: Bridge to Life, Children's Nurturing Project, David Grant Hospital (Neonatal and Pediatrics Units), Heather House, Lift3 Support Group, Lilliput Children's Services, Mission Solano, Nurse-Family Partnership, Opportunity House, Rio Vista Police Dept., SafeQuest Solano, Solano County Child Welfare Services, Sutter Solano Emergency Room, The Father’s House, Travis Fisher House, and Vacaville Police/Family First.

"We are so grateful to Project Linus for all the time and thoughtfulness they put into making blankets for our children," said Daysi Quijano, a social worker with Lilliput Children's Services, which took over emergency foster care for Solano County in October 2011. "Their blankets provide our children with warmth, love and most importantly a feeling of being safe and cared for just as they are experiencing a traumatic event."

For more information about Project Linus, contact Laura Proctor at (707) 447-2424 or solanolinus@gmail.com.

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