Project Linus is located in
PROJECT LINUS HAS A NEW HOME
AT CASTE VILLAGE
“It’s going to be amazing!” said Ms. Lois Misko, Chapter Coordinator of the Greater Pittsburgh Area Project Linus. She was talking about the new home for the volunteer nonprofit organization located at Caste Village in the South Hills. Ms. Misko explained that Project Linus has been housed at Caste Village since 2011 and it is the only chapter of the nationwide organization that has its own storefront. According to Ms. Misko, most chapters are coordinated from a volunteer’s home.
In mid-September 2018, Project Linus will move into a much larger space of approximately 3,300 square feet just steps from its current location. “All of our volunteers are really looking forward to relocating to our new home,” Ms. Misko added.
The larger facility will allow Project Linus to store more blankets and hold classes for the more than 500 volunteers who travel from all over the greater Pittsburgh area. The mission of Project Linus is “to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children (up to age 17) who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need.” The volunteers do this by making new, handmade blankets, quilts and afghans. The handmade items are distributed to hospitals, homeless shelters and other organizations. In 2017, the Greater Pittsburgh Area Chapter made more than 16,000
blankets. This is more than 1,000 blankets per month. Each blanket is lovingly hand made by a dedicated volunteer.
Since 1997, the local chapter has distributed more than 148,000 blankets!
Project Linus is named after the security blanket toting character from the Peanuts comic strip. Creator of the character and the comic strip, Charles Shultz, was aware of the efforts of Project Linus and gave permission to the organization to use the name.
On August 25th, Project Linus recognized the Caste Family for its long time support and presented them with the Whitehall Community Service Award. Earl Danielson, grandson of the late Felix Caste, founder of Caste Village and a developer of homes in Whitehall, Mount Lebanon and throughout the South Hills, received the award on behalf of the family. “The Caste Family is pleased to support Project Linus and we are grateful to all
the many volunteers who make blankets for children in need. Project Linus is a remarkable organization and we want to do all we can to assist them,” Mr. Danielson said.
Anyone interested in learning more about Project Linus or in volunteering should go to the website: