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Karen Loucks Rinedollar » Project Linus


It is said that losing a child is a parent’s biggest nightmare. The healing process is a life long experience. Ali Bandell has chosen a beautiful way to honor her own daughter’s birthday. She invites you to help her, help others. 

Saturday would have been Zoë’s 20th birthday.  I have been thinking about a way to spend April 12 in a meaningful way and I learned about Project Linus.  This is a local program that makes and collects homemade quilts and blankets that usually go to children at our local hospitals or who have gone through traumatic situations.  Currently, Project Linus is working to collect enough homemade blankets and quilts to give to each students of Arapahoe High School. Earlier this school year there was a shooting at this school and a 17 year old senior was shot and killed.

It takes about an hour to make a 2 sided fleece blanket.  Please let me know if you can join me and some of Zoë’s other friends and family members this weekend working to support those in our community who have experienced feelings that they don’t understand and that we know all too well. Friday night (4-8) and Saturday (1-7) we will make fleece blankets that will be shared with the seniors at Arapahoe HS.

Unfortunately, I know how much these small gestures from our community are so appreciated, healing and become more meaningful in time.  My goal is to make 20 blankets.

Please let me know if you are coming and when so that I can have materials and food here for you.  If there is another time that you do it, let me know as I will not be traveling again until May.

Love to you all


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Please join Ali this weekend if you are able. The positive ripple effects will be felt throughout our community for years to come. – Karen Loucks Rinedollar 

National Child Health Day: Be a Good Example


Many people know me as the Founder and Denver Coordinator of the children’s charity Project Linus, which has provided almost 5 million security blankets to seriously ill and traumatized children around the globe. However, improving the health of all, especially children, has been a high priority throughout my life.

One of my first jobs out of college was as a donor recruiter and retention coordinator for a plateletpheresis center near Los Angeles. Coordinating fundraisers through Mile High Polo in Colorado assisted many pediatric oncology patients. Working at Children’s Hospital as an EMT and volunteering with Rattlesnake Fire Department as a Firefighter and EMT gave me experience as a front line patient caregiver. Other times, I have been able to assist in ways that millions of others do including something as simple and non time-consuming as the act of donating blood.

However, if medical is not your “cup of tea”, there are many other ways you can help insure the health of children. I’m known in my neighborhood as the “Healthy Neighbor”. Children know if their school has decided to fundraise with cookie dough, I won’t be supporting that endeavor. However I do buy discount cards and other non junk food items. Kiddos knocking on my door know they are always welcome however will not be handed a cookie or slice of cake. Instead, they will probably get to enjoy the simple pleasures of dried mangos, apricots, apples, bananas or even dates. Believe it or not, they like it and come back for more.

Being a good example is one way we adults can assist kids in being the healthiest that they can be. Today is National Child Health Day. What will you do to honor this concept?                      


Child Health Day is an United States Federal Observance Day that is observed, each year, on the first Monday in October.

On this day, the President invites “all agencies and organizations interested in child welfare to unite on Child Health Day in observing exercises that will make the people of the United States aware of the fundamental necessity of a year-round program to protect and develop the health of the children of the United States”.  ( 36 U.S.C § 105 )

On October 4, 2013, President Barack Obama signed a Proclamation proclaiming Monday, October 7, 2013, as Child Health Day.

 ”I call upon families, child health professionals, faith-based and community organizations, and all levels of government to help ensure America’s children stay healthy.”


Each year since 1928, under a joint Resolution of Congress, the President of the United States has proclaimed Child Health Day.  This day was originally celebrated on each May 1 until 1960 when the date was changed to the first  Monday in October of each calendar year.

In a response to a plea from both the American Federation of Labor and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs to proclaim the day, United States President Calvin Coolidge was the first president to issue a Child Health Day Proclamation while the resolution was still pending in Congress.

Karen Loucks Rinedollar is a speaker and author who makes the world a better place through positivity. She has appeared on Oprah and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams for her work with Project Linus.  A special thanks to for the information on National Child Health Day.