Volunteers of all ages came together to lovingly knit, crochet and quilt blankets which will be given to children in need to provide a sense of security, warmth, and comfort at facilities and agencies throughout the Rock, Jefferson, Green and Walworth Co. area.
Co-sponsors and contributors this year included Rock County Job Center, Mocha Moment, Tea & Textiles, Fort Sew ‘n Vac, Marshall Middle School VIP Club, Thrivent, Stitch ‘n Bitch, Material Girls on Main, Dunkin Donuts, Subway, Prime Time Pizza, Ben Franklin, Party Lites, Avon, Frito Lay, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Badger Chordhawks Chorus, HospiceCare, House of Mercy, the Matthew Thomassen Charitable Fund through the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., Johnson Bank, and many others.
Door prize and contest winners included: Penny Harris, Marily Oertel, Arlene Katcher, Hannah Schiro, Doris Kolff, Gloria Steurer, Frances Schwengels, and Sandra Vogel of Janesville, as well as Rosalia Ballinger (Whitewater) and Doris Montgomery (Beloit).
Those still wishing to donate blankets now or throughout the year may donate materials or a new, handmade blanket at any of the three donation sites: Project Linus at 23 S. Atwood, Janesville; Walmart SuperCenter Pharmacy, 2785 Milwaukee St., Beloit or at Tea & Textiles, 107 S. Main, Jefferson.
Since the Janesville chapter began in March 2000, over 4,300 blankets have been distributed though a variety of area agencies, facilities, to individual children and blanket requests are always welcome.
Begun in 1995, Project Linus is a 100% volunteer, national organization with nearly 400 chapters and nearly 2 million blankets have been donated throughout the country.
Anyone aware of a child who needs a blanket, would like to donate your own new, handmade blanket, or supplies, contact Project Linus at (608) 752-9248 , e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or at http://www.projectlinus.org