Project Linus: Keeping kids safe and secure

MIDDLEBURY - Project Linus, now one of the largest craft gatherings in the U.S., provides security blankets to children with illnesses. In Addison County, the project is a community event that is colorful and provides visual appeal.

Every child needs a security blanket, especially those who are seriously ill or who have undergone some type of trauma. Project Linus is a non-profit organization that distributes new, handmade, washable blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through out the United States.

Project Linus in Addison County will take place at the Middlebury Sew-N-Vac on Saturday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Middlebury Sew-N-Vac will conduct a colorful in-store event with on-site sewing and quilting; it will also serve as a drop off point for blankets.

Stores such as Middlebury Sew-N-Vac, sewing clubs, quilt guilds, school groups, 4-H clubs and members across the country take part in the event, contributing time, effort and donations of yarns, fabric, batting and notions.

Blankets collected will be distributed by Project Linus representatives to Fletcher Allen Children's Hospital the majority of blankets will remain in the area witch they were created.

Every individual who turns in a new, handmade blanket will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to Middlebury Sew-N-Vac. To get involved contact: Carla Berno, 388-3559 (carla.berno@middleburysewnvac.com), Bailee Desfoges, 758-2828 (edesforges@gmavt.net), or Heather Massed, 758-4000 (middfieldhockey@aim.com).

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