The Baby Blanket Project ~ A Foundation From The Heart was started in 2000 by 5-year-old Elissa Redmiles. Elissa came up with the idea of providing baby blankets and other infant items to financially needy mothers and their newborns. With minimal assistance from her mother and father, Elissa sent letters to friends and family, and over the next seven years, collected around $10,000.00 in small donations and distributed approximately 400 packages to financially needy mothers and their babies. In 2006 a Washington D.C. law firm turned the Baby Blanket Project into a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization, probono. Finally, in August 2008 a local restaurant will begin holding monthly nights where they donate a portion of their proceeds to the Foundation.