Central Iowa Project Linus

Providing Security Through Blankets.

Frequently asked questions

How can I help?

*Make a blanket and donate it to Project Linus! We will take your blanket to local organizations where it will be given to child in need.

*Volunteer your time with Project Linus preparing donations.

*Make tax deductible donation to Project Linus to support our mission.

What type of blankets does Project Linus accept?
Project Linus welcomes blankets of all styles, including quilts, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets in child-friendly colors. Blankets must be new, handmade in smoke free environments and washable. You don’t have to be an expert to create a blanket that is beautiful to a child!
What about sizes?

Project Linus donates blankets to children, infants through teens. Many sizes are appropriate: donated blankets may be as small as 36" X 36" for infants; 40" X 60" is considered "crib size"; 72" X 60" is considered a "lap blanket" for kids and teens; and twin sized bed blankets are also greatly appreciated.  Blankets that are smaller or larger than these guidelines may also be accepted.

What do you mean by “handmade,” and why?
When we say “handmade” we mean something that is not commercially manufactured or purchased. Of course, home sewing machines, knitting machines, etc. are fine. It has always been the mission of Project Linus to accept and deliver only handmade blankets. Nationally, we receive thousands of letters and thank you notes every year from children. Over and over they express how touched they are that a stranger would take the time to make something for them. They really know the difference. Purchased blankets are nice, but handmade blankets are from the heart. If you do not have the time or ability to hand craft a blanket, perhaps you would consider a monetary donation.


Where can I find a pattern for making a

Project Linus blanket?

 Many organizations and companies have been very

generous in supplying patterns for our cause. Check

national website at www.projectlinus.org and the

Patterns/Links page to seewhat’s currently available online.  You do not need to use one of these patterns. 

We accept all styles and patterns!

What specific organizations have received Project Linus donations from this chapter?

Project Linus blankets go to organizations that serve children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need.  Our chapter delivers to organizations in Story, Boone, and Polk Counties.  Any organization interested in receiving blankets should contact us as [email protected]


Organizations: ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support), Boone County Hospital, Broadlawns Medical Center, Child Serve, Children & Families of Iowa, Department of Human Services (Polk County, Story County, and West Des Moines), Hamilton's Funeral Home- Academy of Grief & Loss, Hawthorn Hill, The Heart Connection, Iowa Health Systems (Blank, IA Lutheran, IA Methodist) Lutheran Services in Iowa- Beloit Campus, Mary Greeley Medical Center, Orchard Place, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Youth & Shelter Services, HeadStart, Broadlawns Medical Center


I know of a child who really needs a blanket. What can I do?

Most children receive a Project Linus blanket through a local hospital, shelter, or another organization. If you know a child in crisis who who will not likely get a Project Linus blanket from an organization, please contact us at [email protected].  We will happily select and deliver a blanket to the child or family in need.




Story, Polk & Boone Counties in Iowa

[email protected]

(515) 708-2176

My heart was thinking of you,

My hands knew what to do.

This blanket grew out of the love

I want to share with you.

I hope it will keep you warm,

And befriend you late at night.

I hope you'll come to love it,

And be comforted by its sight.

Let this blanket wrap you in friendship,

And cover you in love.

Because this blanket was thinking of you

Long before it was even done.

(c) 1999  Suzanne Gonzalez for Project Linus


Thank you for your generousity!  8500+ blankets have been delivered to children in need in Story, Polk and Boone Counties since our chapter began in February of 2009

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