National Organizations

In addition to the numerous organizations in East Tennessee, we also proudly provide blankets to several  National Organizations including the following:

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) - The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the non-profit Veterans Service Organization offering hope, healing, comfort and care to all those who are grieving the death of a loved one in the Armed Forces. TAPS receives absolutely no government funding, but through the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, all families faced with a death of a loved one serving in the Armed Forces receive information about TAPS and the military survivor programs.

One program is the Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors. This includes youth whose loved ones died during the most recent battles in Iraq and Afghanistan, suffered a heart attack while serving in the National Guard, were at the Pentagon at the time of the attack on September 11, or were killed in a car accident. The life and the service of those they loved, not the geography or circumstances of the death, is honored. Project Linus chapters throughout the country provide red, white and blue patriotic blankets to these children each year

Snowball Express  - Snowball Express remembers those fallen heroes who will never return, and honors the supreme sacrifice their families have made. Snowball Express serves the children who will never be reunited with their mom or dad. Snowball Express started in early 2006 with a simple idea: Provide hope and new memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11. America should honor and pay tribute to the children of those military fallen heroes who have died while honorably serving since 9/11. We are honored to provide red, white and blue blankets for Snowball Express.

Hugs for Heroes - Hugs for Heroes is a Project Linus initiative that not only provides a blanket to children that have a loved one serving overseas, but also provides a small “pocket” blanket for the family to send to the loved one/soldier. That way the child and the deployed soldier can “share” the blanket and the warm hug it provides.

Many Hugs for Heroes blankets are made from fleece blankets. When the corner is cut out of the blanket to make the fringe on the child’s blanket, the corner is made into a small pocket fringed blanket (about 4” x 4”) to be sent to the soldier. Pocket blankets can also be made to “match” the child’s blanket by crocheting/knitting or quilting a smaller and simpler version of the child’s blanket approximately 4”x4”. The size could be up to 6”x6” and rectangular blankets are great, too. A pattern for Hugs for Heroes blankets can be found on our Pattern & Website Links page.