Two Great Charity Projects

The Frisco Public Library is supporting two charity projects during this Thanksgiving season: Project Warm.Us and Project Linus



1. Project Warm.Us


Did you know that there are currently 5,900 homeless people in the Dallas area? Project Warm.Us is an initiative that was started a couple of years ago as a way to get some much needed warmth to the homeless in Dallas, Texas. Their goal this year is to collect 5,912 coats and blankets by Thanksgiving 2012 - that's one for every homeless person in Dallas!


For the next two weeks (until November 21st), the Frisco Public Library is going to join other locations in the Frisco Square and become a drop-off point for Project Warm.Us.


Project Warm.Us is in need of new or gently used coats and blankets. Any gender, any size, adults, kids, it doesn't matter. They need them all. Chances are you have some around your house that you could live without, or maybe you'd enjoy picking some up at Goodwill or yard sales. New for 2012: they are also collecting men's athletic shoes. Keeping feet warm is critical too!


For more information about this wonderful program, or if you'd prefer to make a small cash donation instead of clothing/shoes, please go to their website at http://www.projectwarm.us/. For every $2 donation, they can count one item. They get heavy military blankets at cost. Your cash donations are tax-deducible.




2. Project Linus


Project Linus provides homemade blankets for hospitalized children across the nation. Frisco Public Library will be holding a Project Linus craft meet-up on November 17th from 10 AM to 6 PM. Bring your new, clean handmade blankets to donate or come to the library to make a new "safety" blanket for a child in need with us.


Some important information on the Project Linus donation guidelines:


These blankets are meant to be colorful, cheerful, cuddly, and homemade. Store bought blankets are nice but the kids who receive blankets from Project Linus love that someone took extra time and care to create a blanket just for them.


Please do not make your blankets out of tapestry, upholstery fabric, double knits, felt, vinyl, wool, or wool yarn. Please do not use fabric that has been stored in a damp area or has a musty smell. Blankets that smell of smoke cannot be accepted.


Project Linus donates blankets to children from preemies to 18-year-olds.


The majority of Project Linus blankets are 40" x 60" but children come in all different size so most sizes are acceptable. Suggested sizes are:


= 18" x 18" for preemies
= 26" x 30" for infants
= 36" x 36" for toddlers
= 40" x 60" for pre-teens
= 50" x 70" for teens


Crochet, knit, quilt or tie your blankets or neatly finish the edge on polar fleece.


Please be sure to cut off selvage (rolled) edge of fleece before making your blanket.


To learn more about Project Linus, please visit their website at http://www.projectlinus.org

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