29 September, 2005
Project Linus works year round to provide the comfort of handmade blankets to sick and needy children. Since the beginning of September, Project Linus volunteers have been busy making, collecting, and distributing blankets to Hurricane Katrina victims. They provided more than 20,000 new, handmade security blankets.
Here's how you can participate: Go to the Dealer Locator , enter your zip code, and look for the Project Linus icon.
Janome America has expanded its involvement with Project Linus. In the past, efforts were concentrated on one big day of sewing called National "Make A Blanket Day" (MABD). This year, Janome is encouraging its dealers to make and collect blankets in the months leading up to MABD, February 18, 2006, so that Project Linus can distribute as many as possible.
Last year, thanks to the best dealer participation ever, Janome customers made and contributed more than 40,000 handmade blankets.
More details will be posted on the website as information becomes available. Check with your local Janome Dealer for ways you can be involved in your area.
In an effort to collect even more blankets for the upcoming event, scheduled for February 18, 2006, Janome America is kicking off the new promotion this summer. The earlier start date allows dealers the opportunity to host numerous sewing days and collect blankets throughout the year for children in need.
Janome America has once again pledged a cash donation for every DC3050 machine sold in January and February of 2006. In addition to the gift of giving, everyone who turns in a new, handmade blanket to a participating Janome dealer between now and February 18, 2006, has a chance to win a Janome DC3050 computerized sewing machine. Each participating Janome dealer is giving away one machine.
Project Linus representatives distributed the collected blankets to children's hospitals, fire departments and family service organizations. Wherever possible, the blankets remained in the area in which they were created.
Janome America is the largest subsidiary of Janome Sewing Machine Company of Japan, which produces more than one million sewing machines annually as well as a line of related sewing products and embroidery software. Janome America is committed to providing high quality sewing machines for every consumer. With chapters in all 50 states, Project Linus is a 100% volunteer organization that has collected and distributed more than 1.2 million blankets to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug.
For more information, visit www.projectlinus.org.