On Christmas Eve, 1995, an article titled “Joy to the World” appeared in Parade Magazine. The story featured a small, downy-haired child undergoing chemotherapy who clung to her security blanket to help her through her treatments.
That’s all it took for Project Linus to be born. What started as one woman’s response to the story has grown to a nationwide effort with 368 chapters in all fifty states and the District of Columbia and the distribution of over 4 million blankets to children in need.
Don’t you find that amazing? One woman. One woman was moved to action. I’ve always believed women will change the world. There’s a natural empathy women possess that allow them to see need and imagine ways to help.
For the past several years, the boys and I have participated in Project Linus as part of a monthly service project group at church.
Today, it takes less than an hour to measure and cut the fabric. The boys will knot tie the pieces together when the group meets next Sunday. Our blankets will go to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
What would the world look like if we all found a need and through hard work or sheer will found a way to make it better?