The Red Barn Sewing & Yarn Center participates with Ryan’s Case for Smiles and Project Linus by being an official drop-off point for anyone wanting to donate pillowcases or blankets throughout the year.

Ryan's Case for Smiles

Ryan’s Case for Smiles is a team of caring people dedicated to a very important, but simple mission:

“A Case for Smiles – Helping children feel special while battling life-changing illnesses.”

How you can help:

  • Make a cheerful pillowcase.
  • Donate funds to help purchase supplies and expand the effort.

Pillowcases we collect are delivered to:

  • Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH)
  • Boston Medical Center (BMC)
  • Emerson Hospital
  • Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center
  • Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Massachusetts General Hospital for Children (MGH)
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Shriner’s Hospital for Children
  • Special Citizens week at Camp Fatima

Local Ryan’s Case for Smiles representative:

Barbara Holt, Boston MA Coordinator
For more information go to


Project Linus – “Providing security through blankets”

The Greater Boston Area Project Linus is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization. Its mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gift of new, handmade, washable blankets, quilts and afghans, lovingly created by “blanketeers.” Over 5 million blankets have been delivered since 1998.


How you can help:

  • Make a blanket.
  • Donate funds to help purchase supplies and expand the effort.

Types of blankets are accepted:

  • New, handmade, and washable – quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, knitted and crocheted afghans, and receiving blankets for giving to children ages 0-18 years. (“Handmade” or “homemade” – something that is not commercially manufactured or purchased).
  • Blankets can be as small as 36″ × 36” or as large as twin size for teens. The majority of Project Linus blankets are about 40″ × 60″, or what is called “crib size.”
  • For more detailed information please go to

Blankets are collected and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies or anywhere that a child might be in need.

Blankets we collect are delivered to:

  • Anna Jacques Hospital
  • Holy Family Hospital
  • Lawrence General Hospital
  • Lowell General Hospital
  • Shriner’s Hospital for Children
  • St. Memorial Hospital

Local Project Linus Coordinator:

Lucy A. Maiullari