Fleet of Fleece

  
HRA Ashanti wants to partner with you to make the largest and most wide spread contribution that Project Linus has ever seen! For the second year in a row, we are supporting Project Linus by participating in their “Make a Blanket Day” event in February 2017.  In addition, we want to partner with various steampunk individuals, organizations and airships around the country and along with their local Project Linus chapters make a contribution bigger and more widespread than ever before!
  
Getting Involved
There are several ways to conribute to "Make a Blanket Day."

To host an event simply:

  1. Join our “Fleet of Fleece Page” Facebook Page, located at https://www.facebook.com/FleetOfFleece/
  2. Contact your local chapter of Project Linus to figure out their current needs
  3. Send event information to Mandisa Njeri or Ofeibea Loveless .
  4. This can be an event that’s being hosted by Project Linus or a separate
    ​event you’re hosting
  5. In your message, please include:
  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
    6. With the event posted, you can share and customize the invite as needed
    7. Post photos of your event
    8.  Have fun!
To attend an event:
If you’re an individual trying to locate a Fleet of Fleece event, you can look on our community page located at https://www.facebook.com/FleetOfFleece/ to see if any events have been posted near you.


Volunteer Ideas
Creating a blanket is only one way to participate in the Fleet of Fleece. However, there are several other options including:
  • Creating a blanket(s) to donate to your local chapter
  • Attending an event hosted by your local chapter
  • Collecting and donating money to Project Linus online, via a fundraiser:
    • Bake Sale
    • Raffle
    • Bingo
    • Auction
    • Yard Sale
  • Blanket Bundles
  • Gather and donate materials that would be used to make blankets/ quilts
    • Materials must be new, unused, washable, and free of contaminants such as mold, mildew and smoke. They should be cotton or cotton/poly blend fabrics. Cotton or acrylic batting is acceptable and yarns that are washable. Knits, double knits, and other fabrics not appropriate for a child’s blanket may not be acceptable. Contact your chapter coordinator for more information.
​​History
Created to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill and/or traumatized through the gifts of new, handmade blankets - Project Linus has been supporting their local communities for over 20 years.  With chapters all over the country, they have been able to create and/or collect over 350 blankets every month so that can distribute them to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug.

“Make a Blanket Day” is an annual affair, with most local chapters scheduling an event during the month of February so that
members of the community can volunteer and help create blankets for children in their local community. 


Need Help?
Whether it’s locating and contacting your local chapter or coming up with volunteer ideas, HRA Ashanti will be more than happy to assist you throughout the process any way we can. Want additional information? Check out Project Linus’ Make A Blanket Day site at http://www.projectlinus.org/mabd/ .

Have additional questions? Please check out at our FAQ section or contact Mandisa Njeri at HRA.Ashanti@gmail.com .


FAQ
  1. How do I locate and contact my local Project Linus chapter?
    It’s easy! Simply go here and scroll to the bottom of the page until you see a map of the United States.  From there you click on your state and locate the chapter nearest you!
     
  2. There’s no local chapters nearby, can still do to help/contribute?
    Of course! Project Linus accepts financial donations year round! Just simply click here . Financial donations would be used to cover normal expenses involved in maintaining Project Linus (fabric, batting, yarn, other blanket-making supplies, blanket labels, printing, office supplies, shipping, accounting and auditing) just to name a few.

    Another option is to contact the nearest chapter to determine the area that they cover. Many chapter coordinators will work with you even if you are not in their immediate area, and most have drop off locations established to make donating your blanket easy and convenient.

    You may also consider contacting any chapter on the list for a mailing address. Most chapter coordinators are happy to receive blankets by mail.

  3. How do I post and update my event to the Fleet of Fleece Community Page?
    Once you send your event information (Date, Time, Location) to Mandisa Njeri or Ofeibea Loveless, a Facebook event will be made for you.  Once created, you will be made cohost of event and hence able to customize, change, and edit/ update your event and respond as needed.

  4. I want to make and donate a blanket, but I don’t want to host a public event at my home (ie: I have pets. I live in a smoking home. Uncomfortable with hosting large events at my house.)  What can I do?
    Craft store chains such as Michaels have a “party room” that people can reserve, sometimes for free!  Hence, you may try reaching out to your local store to see if you can host your event there. Other venue options include libraries, Panera Bread, Jo-Ann fabric stores.

  5. Can I make a blanket even if I don’t know how to sew?
    Yes you can!! There are several non-sew blanket patterns that you can use. Last year, HRA Ashanti used this pattern , and all it required was some material and scissors. 

    For more ideas, click  http://www.projectlinus.org/patterns/.

  6. What type of blankets does Project Linus accept?
    As a national policy Project Linus accepts all sizes and styles, although some chapters may have more narrow requirements based on the needs of the facilities to which they donate. Project Linus has a non-smoking policy for chapter coordinators. Coordinators must be non-smokers and live and store blankets in a smoke free environment. Project Linus blankets must be of excellent quality and free from contaminants. Special care should be taken to ensure that blankets are free of smoky smells or any chemicals which could cause problems for a child. Ensure that blankets are free of pet or animal hair. Hospitals will not accept these blankets, and they will most likely be discarded. Recent studies show that laundering these blankets does not remove contamination, and in some cases can even make it worse. Always check blankets carefully for pins, and remove any embellishments such as buttons that could be swallowed.

  7. Is there a reason you want people to post pictures of their events on the Fleet of Fleece Community Page?
    We love to see all the fruits of all your hard work! Hence, since we can’t be there in person, we figured pictures would be the next best thing! 

  8. I want to participate, but can’t host an event during February. Are there any other options?
    Yes!! Fleet of Fleece #1 goal is to bring steampunk groups and individuals together to donate blankets. Hence, if you would still like to host an event in a different month that’s ok.  We just ask that you post it on the Fleet of Fleece Community Page.

  9. Why Project Linus?
    Project Linus has been supporting their local communities for over 20 years and have chapters located across the country. HRA Ashanti believed that by leveraging the network and people that are already in place, that it would allow people from across the county to participate.

  10. How long have you been doing Fleet of Fleece?
    Fleet of Fleece has been going strong since 2016.