30 September, 2004
MAHWAH, N.J. ñ Janome America announces the date for Project Linus 2005. On February 19, 2005, Janome America will celebrate its third Make A Blanket Day in cooperation with Project Linus, a non-profit organization that distributes handmade blankets to children in need throughout the United States.
During the February 2004 event, Janome America dealers collected nearly 40,000 handmade blankets. A total of 249 Janome dealers in 41 states participated nationwide, many bringing in hundreds of blankets. Project Linus representatives distributed the blankets to children’s hospitals, fire departments and family service organizations. The majority of blankets remain in the area in which they were created.
Sewing clubs, quilt guilds, school groups and community members across the country took part in the event, contributing time, effort and donations of yarns, fabrics, batting and notions for the fundraiser. It was effectively one of the largest craft gatherings in the country. Every person who donated a blanket was entered in a drawing at his/her dealership to win a Janome 6125QC sewing machine. Each participating Janome dealer gave away one machine.
Randy Thomas, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Janome, was extremely pleased with the outcome of the 2003 fundraiser. “We challenged our dealers to bring in thousands of blankets, and they exceeded our expectations,” he said. “This is such a rewarding project for Janome dealers, who take great joy in being a part of an event that is so beneficial for children in their own communities.”
Carol Babbitt, President of Project Linus, was delighted as well. “Thanks in great part to the partnership with Janome America, we gave away our millionth blanket this spring,” said Babbitt. “We are also excited about the many great relationships that have formed between Janome dealers and Project Linus chapters throughout the country. Many of these dealers have embraced our organization and made Project Linus part of their community outreach on an everyday basis.”
Project Linus is a 100% volunteer organization whose mission is to provide love, security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade, washable blankets. As of June 30, 2004, Project Linus has given away 1,012,410 blankets.
To learn more about Project Linus visit www.projectlinus.org.
Janome America is the largest subsidiary of Janome Sewing Machine Company of Tokyo, which produces more than one million sewing machines annually as well as a line of related sewing products and embroidery software. It is a category leader in innovation, and Janome sewing machines are recognized throughout the industry for their ease-of-use and unsurpassed stitch quality.