Project Linus is a national charitable organization that distributes new, handmade blankets, quilts, and afghans created by volunteers in the local community, or "blanketeers," through service opportunities. "As the head of one foster/adoption program told me, a child was amazed that a total stranger would take the time to handmake a beautiful blanket," Hammer said. According to Centre View, "Project Linus requires that all blankets be handmade of new material, washable, pin-free, come from smoke-free environments, and free of chemicals, pet and animal hair.  At some point, a silky Project Linus tag is sewn to each blanket. Generally, finished items are delivered in bulk to designated "blanket transfer" locations. Finally, they are distributed to local needy or traumatized children ranging from newborn to eighteen years of age. Common sites include hospitals, clinics, foster-adoption agencies, crime victim units, and shelters." As per Centre View, "No scrap of cloth goes to waste either. The smaller pieces left after Holtz cut the blankets; the Girl Scout troops used to make blankets for the animal shelter.  "There are a lot of good things going on in the world and around here, despite all the COVID, political disagreements, climate change, and all of that. We have some good things, at least bright, bright lights here and there, that we can focus on,” Holtz said."

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.