Working in coordination with the Project Linus National Headquarters, the Humboldt County Project Linus Chapter was started by Nancy Corral in May 2018. Nancy had been making Project Linus (PL) blankets for two years and was sending them to the PL Chapter in Petaluma, Ca.
While making these blankets, she felt sure that Humboldt County could support a chapter. She knew that there were creative “blanketeers” in the local area and she knew that there were children here who needed a blanket hug!
Nancy spent the early years of her work life working in early childhood education and adoptions. She spent the last 25 years working with people at the other end of the life cycle at the Humboldt Senior Resource Center.
She has volunteered locally at CASA-Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children and at SCRAP-a creative re-use non-profit. Nancy has been a PL volunteer for over four years.
Working in the non-profit world, she gained an appreciation for the important contributions volunteers can make to their community. Nancy remains committed to the volunteer experience.
Her first task was to find a place for the blanketeers to meet. One of her calls was to Brigitte Fleck, owner of The Bunny Hop Quilt Shop, in Eureka. Brigitte, a former foster parent, knew about Project Linus and supported the idea of a local chapter. When Nancy and Brigitte met, Brigitte generously offered meeting space, a blanket drop off location and the use of her sewing studio for Make-A-Blanket Days. This shop was our chapter’s “home” from our beginning. The Bunny Hop Quilt Shop closed its doors in May 2020, but we will hold fond memories of our time spent there. Thank you Brigitte!
The pandemic forced us to stop meeting for about one year. We resumed meeting, fully vaccinated, in May 2021. Our present meeting location is Buttons in Old Town Eureka.
Since May 2018, our chapter has delivered 1,381 blankets to 23 local agencies working with families who have children between birth and age 18. If you are interested in learning more or have any questions contact Nancy through the Contact Us page.