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The Valley

December 3, 2013

Beta Sigma Phi Supports Project Linus

— MIDDLEBURG — The Middleburg Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi recently completed 21 blankets that will be donated to the Central Susquehanna Valley Chapter of Project Linus. Beta Sigma Phi member Nancy Stull stated, “It’s a joy to make something to keep a child warm and secure and to bring some happiness to the child.”

The Central Susquehanna Valley Project Linus delivers blankets to the Janet Weis Center at Geisinger and to the pediatric units at Williamsport Hospital and Evangelical Hospital. Blankets are also donated to Haven Ministry and Shepherd of the Street. Last year the chapter delivered over 1,221 blankets. After the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, the Central Susquehanna Valley Project Linus also sent 60 blankets to the New York area.

According to Pat Warren, Central Susquehanna Valley Project Linus coordinator, “There are a lot of good caring people here in the central Susquehanna Valley. Since the beginning of December we have received 78 blankets from church groups and women who like to crochet while watching TV. All of these efforts help to make a child feel that people care about them.”

Project Linus is a 100 percent volunteer, non-profit organization. The mission of Project Linus is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children, infant to age 18, who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans created by volunteer “blanketeers.” It also provides a rewarding opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities to benefit children   

All blankets must be “handmade” or “homemade” or something that is not commercially manufactured or purchased. It has always been the mission of Project Linus to donate only handmade blankets. The children and their families express how touched they are that a stranger would take the time to make something for them. Special care should be taken to insure that blankets are free of smoky smells or anything that might cause an allergic reaction for a child. The Central Susquehanna Valley Chapter of Project Linus also accepts donations of cotton fabric, batting and yarn. Anyone who wants to use the materials to make a blanket is welcome to stop by the chapter’s home at Faith Lutheran Church on Route 45 in Lewisburg between 9:30 a.m. and noon on the first Saturday and third Wednesday of the month. Finished blankets and other donations can be dropped off at those times.    

Since 2000, the Central Susquehanna Valley Chapter of Project Linus has delivered well over 12,000 blankets to children in area hospitals and foster care homes, as well as to shelters and other organizations serving children. For more information and for a complete list of local blanket requirements, contact Pat Warren at (570) 966-3675 or at pwcsvpl@windstream.net. For some great blanket making ideas, visit the Project Linus website at www.projectlinus.org.

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