Fun and charity mix at Project Linus

One of my volunteer projects is making blankets for Project Linus.

Their two-part mission, as set forth on their webpage (http://www.projectlinus.org/) is:100_3514

*First :     Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

*Second:        Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

We’ve certainly had plenty of fun! I recruit the whole family from time to time, and we cut and sew up stacks of fabric into homemade blankets. Collected in Erie, PA, at the Millcreek Sewing and Fabric Store on Peach Street, the volunteers in charge get the blankets and distribute them to children who need something to make them feel more comfortable.

And don’t worry if you don’t quilt! The organization also takes other blankets, too, including “tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets in child-friendly colors. ”

Personally, in addition to the joy I get from creating something wonderful, I receive great satisfaction knowing that what I’m making could really cheer up a child in a hospital, or a homeless shelter.

Check out the website to find the chapter nearest you, and get those needles working!

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