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Project Linus - Winner
Hearts at Home - Runner Up

of RK Dixon’s Make My Non-Profit Run Better contest!

Conducting business and administering programs at Project Linus and Hearts at Home will soon become easier. RK Dixon announced that Project Linus received top votes as the winning organization in the Make My Non-Profit Run Better contest with Hearts at Home as the runner up.

The makeover, for $30,000 (1st place) & $15,000 (runner up), was designed to improve the efficiency of a non-profit group by enhancing its technological capabilities and thus making it easier for the group to focus on its mission.

The Make My Non-Profit Run Better contest provided non-profit organizations in Peoria, Tazewell and McLean county a chance to win an office equipment and technology makeover. The makeover may include, but is not limited to: a black and white copier, a color copier, a printer, Windows ® business server, Cisco ® switch and firewall, IT consulting services, ongoing networking support, and other technologies to make their office run more efficiently.



09-18-07 Update:

Round 2: Vote Beginning September 17th For Project Linus to Win RK Dixon's Make My Non-Profit Run Better Contest!

The contest is a chance for Project Linus to win an office technology makeover from RK Dixon. The winning organization will receive new office and network equipment valued at $30,000. The runner up will receive a makeover valued at $15,000.

This is a great opportunity as this makeover would allow us to be more efficient in providing services for those who need it most. And, typically, money raised tends to support our mission, rather than offset business technology costs.

How can you help? For once, not by donating money, but by voting! One of the organizations among the top 5 finalists with the most votes will be selected as the winner. The more votes, the better chance we have to win.

Go to and vote for Project Linus beginning on September 17th. A big THANK YOU for each of you who has voted for us during the first round. Now get ready to vote for us again beginning on the 17th. Remember that you can vote for us once a day per computer


Original entry: 

Our favorite worthy cause is Project Linus (as in Linus from the Peanuts cartoons). Linus always gets comfort from his security blanket, which is why this national organization is named for him. Peanuts creator Charles Schultz was aware of their efforts and was delighted to have Linus inspire blanket makers to help comfort children in need.

Project Linus is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization which provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through gifts of new, handmade blankets or afghans.

As a child I needed seven minor surgeries between the ages of 7 and 14. Each time, in the hospital, I was given a handmade kitty or doggy pillow. Those little gifts of kindness gave me comfort in a scary situation, so I know first-hand the value these lovingly made blankets will give.

If you would like to be a 'Blanketeer' for Project Linus, making one or many new handcrafted blankets or afghans for children in need of a hug. Look for a chapter in your area at or call (309) 664-7814

Jan Jennrich
PhancyPages 'Homeschooling & Country Kids' Columnist