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The Peanuts comic strip, created by Charles M. Schulz, popularized the term security blanket through the character of Linus van Pelt. In 1956, Linus referred to it as his “security and happiness blanket.” A security blanket is a transitional object used to provide physiological comfort, especially in unusual or unique situations. The blanket represents all components of mothering and it allows the child to cater to his own inherent needs. Transitional objects—in this case, blankets—are extremely important as a defense against anxiety. Researcher Richard H. Passman of the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, showed security blankets are aptly named. Along with providing security to the child attached to it, a blanket can help a child adjust to new situations, aid in learning, and adjust to medical professionals evaluating him. Children need security blankets to make them feel safe, to withstand fear or pain, and to handle being away from their parents. Security blankets personify all that is positive and comforting in a child’s world. In the United States, approximately 60 percent of children are attached to a security object.
On Christmas Eve, 1995, Karen Loucks Rinedollar read an article in Parade magazine, which showcased a three-year old cancer patient and her beloved blanket. The blanket traveled the medical journey with the child, present at countless treatments and procedures, and even cardiac and respiratory arrests. Karen likened the blanket in the article to a hug. Since Project Linus officially launched in 1998, over five million blankets have been provided to qualifying children, thus “hugging” more than five million times. In 2012, 422,293 blankets were donated to children throughout the country, with 2738 blankets coming from the Cleveland, Ohio Area Chapter (which, until April 2014, served only Cuyahoga, Geauga, and Lake counties). Project Linus blankets not only impact the children who receive them, but also parents, families, and more.
Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
|Description||Project Linus is a volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3), grassroots agency founded in 1997 by Karen Loucks Rinedollar|
|Founded||Karen Loucks Rinedollar|