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Saint Francis blanketeers donate 234 blankets to Project Linus

April 5, 2012

Project Linus began in 1996 when Karen Loucks Rinedollar felt the need to do something for children with terminal or long-term illnesses. Due the overwhelming response from volunteers, known as blanketeers, the program expanded to offer comfort (in the form of new, handmade blankets) to children in homeless shelters and behavioral clinics. The Saint Francis University Linus Ladies blanketeer group continues to focus its efforts on comfy softness for babies and young children.

The Saint Francis blanketeer group was organized in 2006 by Dr. Robin L. Cadwallader and Dr. Margaret A. Garcia, with the assistance of Melita O’Donnell. In response to the call for donations, the Linus Ladies produced more than 70 blankets in this first year. In 2007, the Linus Ladies’ nimble figures worked overtime, and, at final count, they had exceeded their goal of 100 blankets. In 2008, the Linus Ladies collected 135 blankets. In 2009 and 2010, with overwhelming support, the Linus Ladies created 138 blankets. In 2011, 139 blankets were collected. This year at final count, the Linus Ladies collected 234 beautiful quilted, crocheted, knitted, and embroidered blankets, which will be donated to local children in need in Cambria County and surrounding areas.

The Cambria County Chapter, coordinated by Tammy DeYulis, with assistance from Chris Baughman, Beth Bellock, Denise Farabaugh, and Melita O’Donnell, recently responded to a need for blankets from the Project Linus National Headquarters for families and students at The Chardon High School in Ohio. Blankets have also been donated to Saint Francis Parish Project Gabriel House in Johnstown and to local families in need. Special thanks to the Gamma Sigma Sigma sorority at Saint Francis for their assistance in sewing the Project Linus tags on each blanket.

If you would like additional information regarding Project Linus, please contact Tammy DeYulis, ttdk44@gmail.com or Melita O’Donnell, modonnell@francis.edu