January 30, 2013
The Saint Francis blanketeer group will kick off its Project Linus collection on February 1. Handmade blankets for children who are terminally ill, in homeless shelters, or behavioral clinics will be collected through April 1.
About Project Linus
This special charity began in 1996 when Karen Loucks-Baker 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 older children and youth in homeless shelters and behavioral clinics.
About the Saint Francis Linus Ladies
In the spirit of the original blanketeers, the Saint Francis Linus Ladies continues to focus its efforts on comfy softness for babies and young children. The group was organized in 2006 by Dr. Robin L. Cadwallader and Dr. Margaret A. Garcia, with the assistance of Ms. Melita O'Donnell. Since 2006, the Linus Ladies have collected more than 950 beautiful quilted, crocheted, knitted, and embroidered blankets, which have been donated to children in need in Somerset, Clearfield, and Cambria Counties.
About the Cambria County Chapter
This chapter is coordinated by Tammy DeYulis of Ebensburg, with assistance from Saint Francis employees Chris Baughman, Beth Bellock, Denise Farabaugh, and Melita O'Donnell. The ladies of the Gamma Sigma Sigma sorority at Saint Francis assist the blanketeers by sewing Project Linus tags on each blanket donated. Last year, our Chapter responded to a call issued by the Project Linus National Headquarters, who supplied blankets for families and students at The Chardon High School in Ohio; the Chapter has also donated blankets to the Gabriel House in Johnstown, the Healing Patch in Ebensburg, and many local families.
How you can help
If you would like to donate to Project Linus, please place your handmade afghans and quilts in the crib located in Scotus Hall (outside of the Business Office) or in the crib at the Library between February 1 and April 1, 2013.
If you would like additional information regarding Project Linus, please contact Tammy DeYulis or Melita ODonnell.