|Project Linus was named after the adorable security
blanket-toting character from the Peanuts comic strip. A
blanket tag depicting the likeness of Linus is sewn into
each blanket before it is delivered to a child.
|How Did We Get Our Name?
|The Omaha and Council Bluffs metropolitan area chapter of Project Linus
officially started in October 2003. Prior to that time, Omaha was part of the
Lincoln chapter. Omaha Project Linus started with only 7 blankets on hand in
2003 but due to the generous efforts of its volunteers, we surpassed 50,000
blankets in September 2014!
Omaha Project Linus is made up of hundreds of volunteer blanket makers that
we call “blanketeers”. Most of our blanketeers are from the Greater Omaha and
Council Bluffs area, but a few live farther away and mail blankets to us for
distribution. We all have a special place for Linus in our hearts and work hard to
keep the blankets moving! What we have is a group of amazing and devoted
blanketeers and thousands of lucky children who now have a beautiful security
blanket. What a wonderful combination!
|Project Linus is a national non-profit organization with hundreds of chapters in
cities across the United States and beyond. On Christmas Eve, 1995, Karen
Loucks-Baker of Parker, Colorado read an article in Parade magazine. The
article mentioned a little girl with leukemia undergoing chemotherapy and said
that she took her security blanket to her treatments. After reading the article,
Karen decided to provide homemade security blankets to Denver's Rocky
Mountain Children's Cancer Center, and Project Linus was born. From these
humble beginnings, over 5 million blankets have been donated to children in
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