Airdrie Project Linus

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The Beginning

On 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. She had been going through intensive chemotherapy, and stated that her security blanket helped her get through treatments. After reading the article, Karen Loucks decided to provide new, handmade security blankets to Denver's Rocky Mountain Cancer Centre, and Project Linus was born. There are now hundreds of chapters worldwide.

Project Linus was named after Linus the adorable, security blanket-toting character from the Peanuts comic strip. Creator Charles Schulz was aware of our effort and was delighted to have Linus inspire Blanketeers to help comfort children in need.

The Airdrie Project Linus Chapter

The Airdrie and District Project Linus chapter was established in April 2011. We meet the first Monday of each month, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, in the Cam Clark Ford Community Room. There are no membership requirements and blanketeers do not need to come to meetings to contribute.

We have given some of our new, handmade blankets to children via targeted agencies in our own community such as Community Links, RCMP Victims Assistance, and local schools. We have also donated to the High River 2013 flood relief and children displaced by the 2016 Fort McMurray Fire.  As well as Peter Lougheed Hospital NICU and Maternity units.

The City View Airdrie - June 1, 2017