You can help in several ways
As a volunteer organization, we depend on the time, talent and treasury of the community to make
the blankets that are distributed to the local children who are in need of a handmade blanket.
Attend events on our calendar
- We need people to tag, sort, count and bag the finished blankets
- We need people to sew, knit, crochet, and construct blankets on our event days
Sew, crochet, knit, or construct a fleece blanket.
- You can make a blanket in your home or include blanket making at your sewing/craft guild or club
- Bring your blankets to a blanket day or drop them off at one of the conveniently located drop off sites
- You can use your favorite pattern. If you would like suggestions, there are many free patternsare available
- We accept blankets of any size
- We accept new, handmade (not commercially manufactured or purchased), washable blankets and afghans for giving to children ages 0-18 years. Of course, home sewing machines, knitting machines, etc. are fine. Blankets must be of excellent quality and free from contaminants. Special care should be taken to ensure that blankets are free of smoky smells, mold, mildew, chemicals and animal hair which could cause problems for a child. Always check blankets carefully for pins, and remove any embellishments such as buttons or ribbons that could be swallowed.
- We cannot accept blankets that are not of excellent quality or blankets that have smoky smells, mold, mildew, chemicals or animal hair. The organizations will not accept these blankets, and they will most likely be discarded so they do not jeopardize the health of the child. Recent studies show laundering such blankets does not remove contamination, and in some cases can even make it worse. Always check blankets carefully for pins, and remove any embellishments such as buttons that could be swallowed.
Donate Our wish list is:
- a storage unit near Brandon or eastern Temple Terrace,
- cash donations to buy fleece and blanket-making supplies,
- donations of fleece and cotton and washable yarn,
- drop-off locations in public businesses that can accept and hold finished blankets until a volunteer can pick them up.
Let people in your communities know about the Tampa Bay Chapter of Project Linus by mentioning it in your community newsletter, at work, in your social circles, via your social media posts, your church's bulletin, and in your local community.
Like us on Facebook, share our posts and invite your Facebook friends to like us. Tampa Bay Chapter Project Linus
Follow us on Twitter, @tampablankets and invite your friends to follow us.
Share information about us with your family and friends.
Thank you for your help in bringing blankets to children in need!