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VanCougs provide blankets for children in need

The Human Development Club and Project Linus, a non- profit organization that provides handmade blankets and quilts year round worked together with WSU Vancouver students to decorate and sew a quilt to be gifted to children in crisis.

Project Linus has teamed up with the Human Development Club and has visited campus every semester for the past four years. The blankets that are made by students are sent to a variety of places including the Legacy Emanuel Children’s Hospital, Camp Rosenbaum, Community Action Shelter, Snowball Express, Provident St. Vincent’s Medical Center, among others.

All the fabrics used for these blankets were donated to the organization by individuals Project Linus has been able to provide more than 350 blankets every month to local children and more than five million- nationwide. These handmade blankets help provide a sense of comfort and security to children who have been traumatized, who are in social service agencies, or are seriously ill. By volunteering to help make these, students are a part of making a difference in a child’s life.

“It’s a win win,” said Jodene Cook, Coordinator of the Portland/Vancouver Project Linus Chapter. “Kids come together to make blankets while helping children. [It] is the best thing to do!”

Not only do volunteers get to put together these blankets, they also are able to uniquely customize each square of the quilt filling each space with color. If you missed the opportunity to volunteer on campus this time, join Project Linus by donating at a drop off site near you. For more information visit their website at .

 

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