The Middle Tennessee Chapter of Project Linus will host a Make A Blanket Day on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church on West Main Street.
The mission of Project Linus is to 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 crafted by volunteers known as "blanketeers." The community is invited to come to Faith Lutheran Church and help make blankets for children in need.
Organizers say anyone can help, even those who do not know how to sew or quilt. People will be on hand to offer sewing instruction or to explain other ways to help. If possible, sewers are encouraged to bring their sewing machines, fabric, yarn and supplies - or, they can make use of the materials available at the church on Saturday. Volunteers can attend for an hour or two, or they are welcome to bring a lunch and stay all day.
"Project Linus relies on community involvement, both for making blankets and/or donating material and supplies," said Tina Wilke, Middle Tennessee chapter coordinator. "Project Linus 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 ¼ yards), yarn, batting or other supplies are also accepted.
Over the past 15 years, the Middle Tennessee Chapter of Project Linus has given blankets to over 23,000 children. Nationally, the organization has delivered more than six million blankets since 1995, Wilke said.
To learn more about Saturday's event, contact Wilke at (615) 584-5799 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tammy Dillard, co-coordinator, at (615) 238-1883. To learn more about Project Linus, visit www.projectlinus.org.