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'Make-A-Blanket Day' set for Saturday

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The Middle Tennessee Chapter of Project Linus will host a National Make-A-Blanket Day (MABD) on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lebanon.

Project Linus provides 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, washable blankets and afghans crafted by volunteers known as "blanketeers."

Chapters across the country are hosting MABDs on Saturday to make blankets for children, and even those who don't know how to sew or quilt can help. Project Linus representatives will show volunteers how to sew or how to help in other ways. If possible, volunteers are asked to bring a sewing machine, yarn and other supplies to enjoy a day of fun. Volunteers can work for a couple of hours or bring a sack lunch and stay all day. Refreshments will be provided along with lemonade, coffee and water.

Quiltmaker Magazine has supported Project Linus since 2000 by designing a quilt pattern and providing it free especially for the organization's use. This year's quilt, "Come Aboard," will make a great quilt for little boys.

"Project Linus can only be successful if the community gets involved. Hopefully many people will come out and help us make blankets for the children," Tina Wilke, Middle Tennessee Project Linus Chapter coordinator, said.

Project Linus also accepts homemade quilts, afghans and fleece blankets. Monetary gifts to Project Linus as well as donations of new cotton or flannel fabric, fleece (1 ¾ to 2 yards), yarn, batting or other supplies will be accepted.

Since its establishment in October 2001, the Middle Tennessee Chapter of Project Linus has donated blankets to over 23,850 children. Blankets from the chapter are delivered to facilities such as Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House, Centennial Medical Center, Our Kids and Charis. They have also donated blankets to victims of national tragedies such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and Hurricane Sand, along with children of military personnel who lost their lives in service to the country.

To learn more about Make-A-Blanket Day 2017 or Project Linus, contact Wilke at (615) 584-5799 or tinaplmidtn@gmail.com or co-coordinator Tammy Dillard at (615) 238-1883 or tammyplmidtn@gmail.com. Additional information about Project Linus is also available at www.projectlinus.org.

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