Ruth Signore, of Williamsport, a participant with Albright LIFE, 901 Memorial Ave., recently donated four of her handmade blankets to Project Linus.
Shown at top is Ruth Signore, of Williamsport, and participant at Albright LIFE, with her handmade blankets that she donated to Project Linus. Above, Pat Warren, Project Linus coordinator for the Central Susquehanna Valley Chapter, left, accepts four of the handmade blankets from Signore. Each blanket was made with the help of material donations from project Linus and Albright LIFE. Squares for some of the blankets were traced and rough cut with help from other Alright LIFE participants. Project Linus looks for blankets made from new materials and in smoke-free environments.
"It's something that has to be done, and I worked it in with other things I do," Signore said. "These are just a drop in the bucket.
Signore began crafting the blankets more than a year ago at Albright LIFE, after Susan Berta, activities coordinator for at the senior center, approached her.
"I couldn't just sit down and do them. If I was making supper I would sit down and put on a square or two," said Signore.
Berta asked participants if they wanted to help make blankets for Project Linus after she brought in guest speaker Pat Warren, Project Linus coordinator for the Central Susquehanna Valley Chapter. Warren informed Albright participants about Project Linus as part of the facility's wish to participate in activities that give back to the community.
"These are hospital blankets," said Warren. "They're bright, They're cheery. They're going to entertain some little kid in a hospital."
Each blanket was made with the help of material donations from Project Linus and Albright LIFE. Squares for some of the blankets were traced and rough cut with help from four other Albright participants.
"I hope people enjoy them," said Signore as she handed over her blankets to Warren. "You can't buy them. They have to be given, given with faith and love."
After the blankets are collected by representatives from Project Linus, a satin label is attached, sporting a picture of the "Peanuts" character, with the words "made for you by Project Linus." Blankets are then distributed by need to local hospital pediatrics and emergency rooms, and other local organizations, including CASA and Shepherd of the Streets.
According to Warren, more than 1,300 blankets were distributed last year.
Project Linus always is accepting handmade, washable blankets made of new materials and from smoke-free environments for children age 18 and under.
Blankets can be dropped off locally at Aquarius Pool and Patio, 170 Pine St., and Fastsigns, 535 E. Third St.
More information and other ways to donate to Project Linus can be found at www.projectlinus.org.