Project Linus providing security through blankets

February’s intense snowfall may have kept local quilters indoors for a bit, but it won’t keep them from gathering to help local children in need.

The North Central Kentucky Chapter of Project Linus canceled its planned February Make-A-Blanket Day due to the weather, but now has two dates planned: March 21 and April 4.

“The snow may have kept us from being together, but that just meant a day to quilt at home,” said Chapter Coordinator Angie Parks. “We’re thinking warm thoughts to help spring get here and planning two days to welcome anyone who’d like to help create some warm blankets for kids in need out there.”

The chapter will host a Make-A-Blanket Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at the First United Methodist Church, 1280 Lexington Road, Georgetown, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, at the Scott County Extension Office, North Room, 1130 Cincinnati Road, Georgetown.

A national organization based in Bloomington, Illinois, Project Linus draws on the inspiration of the Charles Schulz character Linus, who is comforted through his trials by his blanket. The group’s mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill or traumatized through the gift of a new, handmade blanket, quilt or afghan.

The North Central Kentucky Chapter covers Scott, Harrison, Pendleton, Nicholas, Bourbon and Robertson counties. Its blankets are distributed through hospitals, health departments, judicial agencies and funeral homes, among others. To date, the chapter has donated 3,905 blankets.

To find out more about Make-A-Blanket Day or the North Central Kentucky Chapter of Project Linus, contact chapter coordinator Angie Parks at katielee369@hotmail.com or 859-539-3732, or follow us on Facebook at ProjectLinusNCKY.