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Providing Security Blankets All Across the United States

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The year was 1995. The day, Christmas Eve. As Karen Louck flipped through Parade Magazine, she was moved by an article about a toddler, Laura, undergoing intensive chemotherapy. Karen read about how a special blankie had comforted Laura, enabling her to get through numerous hospital visits for treatment. Inspired by this story, Karen began making security blankets to give to a nearby hospital, and soon thereafter Project Linus was born.

Project Linus

Since that night 22 years ago, Project Linus has expanded to all 50 states and has given more than 6.5 million blankets. That’s a lot of blankets! Given to children from newborn to eighteen, Project Linus specifically aims to bestow these handmade blankets on children who are very ill or traumatized. The blankets that Project Linus receives from volunteers are given to hospitals, social service agencies, shelters, and other places where there is a child in need.

Wondering how you can get involved in this heartwarming mission? Keep on reading!


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Etsy Item of the Day: Monogrammed Christmas Baby Pajamas

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When I saw these monogrammed baby pajamas, I’m sure my face looked just like the heart eyes emoji! I’m absolutely beside myself with how utterly adorable these cotton jammies are. With a monogram on the onesie and a trap door on the bloomers, this cute set would be perfect for a baby’s first Christmas. And since these pajamas are available in various sizes (up to 3 years old), you could give this outfit to any young child on your holiday list.
Monogrammed Christmas Baby Pajamas

Etsy Seller: Mabel

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Etsy Item of the Day: Holiday Tree Doormat

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Made from natural coconut husk fibers, this holiday tree doormat is as sturdy as it is festive. Green trees and red stars are shown here, but you can customize your mat by selecting a different color for the trees or opting to remove the stars. Regardless of what you decide, this mat will add holiday charm to your entryway.
Holiday Tree Doormat

Etsy Seller: Nickel Designs

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Holiday Pool Floats

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While it’s cold and snowy here at the North Pole, we recognize that not everyone experiences a Christmas as white as ours. If December brings you warm weather or if you are traveling south for the winter holidays, we’ve got something fun for you! Enjoy some cool yule time at the pool or the beach with one of these festive pool inflatables.
Holiday Pool Floats

  1. Measuring 4 feet wide, this peppermint inflatable will comfortably seat one person. It’s actually a snow tube, so after you take it to the pool this year, you can to use it next year when you visit a winter destination!

  2. Sized at 27 x 23 inches, this penguin float is a perfect pool pal for kids.

  3. Because it’s Christmas and everyone loves cookies (especially Ol’ Saint Nick!), take this chocolate chip cookie float with you when you plunge into the water.

  4. A whopping 9 feet from head to tail, this reindeer float seats two. Perfect for a couple, this inflatable has 2 drink holders, 2 handles, and a bonus waterproof pouch for a phone. Selfies, anyone?

  5. Hit the water in beast mode with this yeti inflatable. Although intended for tubing down snowy slopes, you and this yeti will be splashing around like a champ.

Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

Etsy Item of the Day: Snowflake Nail Wraps

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Since it’s winter, why not show your holiday spirit with these snowflake nail wraps? They’re easy to apply—simply heat, peel, and stick onto your nails. While you’re getting a set for yourself, you may want to get a few extra to use as stocking stuffers! And, when you purchase 4 sets, you’ll get a 5th one free with code BUY4GET1.
Snowflake Nail Wraps

Etsy Seller: So Gloss

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