Make a Blanket Day
Third Saturday in February
- What is it? National Make A Blanket Day is a day set aside by Project Linus and our chapters to bring awareness to our mission. This can be accomplished in several ways, and is mostly left up to the discretion of the chapter coordinator depending on her resources and availability. Although the official day is always the 3rd Saturday in February, it may be changed to another day that works better for the coordinator if necessary.
- How did it begin? National Make a Blanket Day began in 1999 after the terrible events that took place at Columbine High School. We found that suddenly we were in need of a very large number of blankets, and quickly. Our chapters came to the rescue, holding “blanket bees” all over the country and then sending those blankets to our local chapters in Denver. It was a huge success, and we learned that we had a national network of people who could and would help. It was decided that we would hold an annual Make A Blanket Day where each chapter could host activities in their area to promote Project Linus and to increase our inventory of warm cuddly blankets. Generally, we can attribute the collection of 75,000 to 100,000 blankets to National Make a Blanket Day!
- What does it involve? Each participating chapter coordinator decides which activities work best for her. Perhaps they will gather and make as many blankets as possible. For some it is an open house to simply collect blankets and materials. Each chapter has different needs and resources. Generally the coordinator cannot provide all of the blanket making materials (fabric, fleece, yarn, food etc.) but depends on volunteers and donors to help.
- Where do I find out more? For more information about activities in your area, please check with your local chapter coordinator. You can find your local chapter on our Chapters page by clicking here, and then on your state.