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M-W bus garage holds blanket drive for children in need

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Bus garage employees stand behind the blankets they made to contribute to Project Linus

Bus garage employees stand behind the blankets they made to contribute to Project Linus

Diane LeViseur

Diane LeViseur

Bus garage employees stand behind the blankets they made to contribute to Project Linus

Riley Berman, Contributing Writer

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In the fall, district employees in the Monroe-Woodbury Bus Garage contributed to Project Linus, a nationwide organization designed to give hand-made blankets to children in hospitals and others in need. The blanket drive is usually held in October of each year at the bus garage.

“After reading about Project Linus and its mission of bringing comfort to children, I felt that it was something that I needed to do, and hopefully could motivate others to do,” said bus attendant Ms. Pratt, who introduced this project to the M-W community.

Ms. Pratt encouraged others to participate in Project Linus, including Dawn Russell, the Director of Transportation at the Monroe-Woodbury Bus Garage, and some others at the Monroe-Woodbury Education Center this year. The number of blankets made increased from 73 to 260 since 2012, and the goal for next year is 300. For better progress, they are hoping to make this a district-wide project next year.

People from the community can volunteer to help with the cause. Although Project Linus is designed to give hand-made blankets, people can also contribute by donating money.

“There are several people at the garage that make more than 10 blankets each,” said Ms. Pratt. “There are many that make 2 or 3 blankets.”

Project Linus was created in 1995 in Denver, Colorado by Karen Loucks.  According to the official webpage, Project Linus hosts a “Make a Blanket Day” on the third Saturday of February to raise awareness about the cause.

The Project Linus Headquarters is located in Belton, Missouri, and there are many chapters in each state. The Orange County Chapter was created in January 2001 and is led by Julia Sullivan.

Harriet Oken has been a part of Project Linus since 2007 as a member of the Southern Florida Chapter and continues to knit and crochet blankets for children. Her chapter brought the blankets to schools where children had the opportunity to choose their own blanket. They hugged and thanked the volunteers.

“Every child should have a blanket,” said Ms. Oken.

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