Not only did the 2014 Ohio State Fair provide families from all over Ohio and beyond some fun and entertainment this year, but also an opportunity to participate in charitable efforts that impact children locally and nationally with Project Linus.

Project Linus is about providing love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

At the Fair this year, Project Linus volunteers were able to complete more than 100 fabric squares and 34 actual blankets that were delivered to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Interested in helping out? It is Project Linus’ policy to accept blankets of all sizes, depending on local chapter needs. All blanket styles are welcome, including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets in child-friendly colors. Blankets must be homemade, washable, free of pins, and come from smoke-free environments due to allergy reasons.

Project Linus National Headquarters is located in Bloomington, Illinois. With chapters in all 50 states, Project Linus continues to grow. Blankets are collected locally and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug.

For more information, or if you are interested in the Project Linus September work day in Westerville, visit the Columbus chapter site here.


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