The Collier County Sheriff’s Office and Project Linus have partnered to offer a permanent location where community members can donate handmade blankets to children in need of comfort.
Project Linus, named after the Peanuts comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz, is a national nonprofit volunteer organization that provides comfort and security to seriously ill and traumatized children through handmade blankets. Since its inception in 1995, Project Linus has grown to more than 400 chapters, with more than four million blankets delivered. CCSO Criminal Research Investigator Michelle Gawlinski has been named the chapter coordinator for the Collier County area.
The public can drop off new handmade, washable blankets or afghans in the box located in the first floor main lobby at CCSO headquarters, 3319 U.S. 41 E., between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.