From the Director’s Desk

Share your compassion through crafting for charity

In 1999, after nine months as a New Jersey project coordinator for the national Linus Project, originally HQ’d in Parker, Colorado, our local NJ chapter sought its own non profit designation to form Project Linus NJ, Inc. Today, there are seven charities utilizing some form of the name LINUS and hundreds of national efforts crafting for charity. We are not affiliated with The Linus Project in Illinois or The Linus Connection in Texas. We outreach to New Jersey children in need, 365 days of the year, because caring people like you contact us to join our NJ network of dedicated volunteers focused on the needs of children in our state.

hillary and dan There are thousands of crafting for charity organizations around the globe. What we all proudly share is the desire to volunteer our collective time and talents to comfort children in need through the gift of a handmade blanket, hat or toy.

At Blankie Depot we welcome your volunteer spirit!

Since establishing, we’ve recruited more than 12,000 dedicated time givers to our charitable network. Our volunteer team is comprised of individuals who enjoy knitting, crocheting and quilting during their leisure time. Volunteers hail from every walk of life: service-minded students of every age and skill set, organized knit and crochet clubs, state quilt guilds, senior citizens corps, local artists and designers, government employees, delivery drivers who assist with recipient donations, community business partners who help fund our efforts and corporate volunteer teams who provide immeasurable resources in helping us meet our goals. In other words, community-minded people like you and me.

Everyone who joins our team embraces a Pay It Forward* philosophy. Blankie Depot volunteers have earned a well respected reputation for compassionate giving and we expect that tradition to continue for years to come.

In my proud role as Director, I have learned that it takes an open heart and special partnerships to nurture a grassroots organization. Without the support and guidance of others in the community who offer insight, skills and passion, ideas that merit exploring would be left on a dream pile. Our “volunteer village” was built on the power of positive thinking—and I encourage you to join the crafting for charity movement. Become a time giver and create a cozy blankie for a New Jersey child in need.

Hugs from here,

Hillary

* Used with permission. Catherine Ryan Hyde  www.payitforwardmovement.org