The Middle Georgia Chapter of Project Linus met Saturday, Oct. 5, at Greensboro First Baptist Church, bringing together ladies from five different groups and four counties for their bi-annual Blanket Day. The Busy Bees of Liberty Church hosted the event and served a delicious brunch.
The handmade blankets and quilts were labeled and bagged to be distributed to local emergency rooms, camps for children with special needs, the Division of Family and Children Services, doctors’ offices, deputies’ cars, ambulances, funeral homes and other sites.
Project Linus is a volunteer non-profit organization that has experienced national success providing blankets to comfort children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need. Over five million blankets have been distributed since Karen Loucks started Project Linus in Denver, Colorado in 1995. There are over 400 chapters in all 50 states.
The Middle Georgia Chapter has given out more than 20,000 blankets to children since the chapter was organized in 1999.
There are many expenses involved in maintaining Project Linus. Normal costs for the organization are fabric, batting, yarn, other blanket-making supplies, blanket labels, and shipping. Volunteers are always welcome, and there are many ways to help other than sewing!
Anyone wishing to volunteer or make donations of money, fabric, or other supplies may call Dot Strother, the Middle Georgia Chapter Coordinator, at 706-468-6791. Anyone interested in joining the local Merry Hearts Quilters, that meets every first Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., may call Friendship Baptist Church at 478-968-7201 for more information.