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First Congregational holds 4th Project Linus Make a Blanket Day

  • A blanket-making event will be held at the First Congregational Church in Rindge to benefit Project Linus, which distributes blankets to children in need. (Priscilla Morrill / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • A blanket-making event will be held at the First Congregational Church in Rindge to benefit Project Linus, which distributes blankets to children in need. (Priscilla Morrill / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • A blanket-making event will be held at the First Congregational Church in Rindge to benefit Project Linus, which distributes blankets to children in need. (Priscilla Morrill / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • A blanket-making event will be held at the First Congregational Church to benefit Project Linus, which distributes blankets to children in need. Right: A Project Linus label is sewn onto each blanket. Below: Robyn Manley with a quilt she’s made for the cause.Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill

  • A blanket-making event will be held at the First Congregational Church in Rindge to benefit Project Linus, which distributes blankets to children in need. (Priscilla Morrill / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • A blanket-making event will be held at the First Congregational Church in Rindge to benefit Project Linus, which distributes blankets to children in need. (Priscilla Morrill / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Priscilla Morrill—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, April 25, 2016

Sewing together, chatting together, eating together, while also doing something to benefit the community – that’s the idea behind the 4th Annual Project Linus Make a Blanket Day at the First Congregational Church in Rindge on May 7.

There’s a long history of church members knitting mittens and hats at Christmastime for local children, and about four years ago some of those members learned about the Southwest New Hampshire Chapter of Project Linus, which collects blankets for children in need.

“It’s fun, it’s a lot of fun. And we get a lot of people from all over,” said Marcie Miller, a member of First Church’s Charity Crafters group. “It captures the attention of people who are either knitters or quilters.”

The event takes place at the Rindge Meeting House, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; homemade soup and dessert are provided.

It’s not unlike an old-fashioned quilting bee, Miller said. “We laugh, we chat,” she noted. “It’s just a reall good time.”

Rev. David Jadlocki visits throughout the day, blessing the blankets and the hands that make them.

Last year, a mother and son stopped in to make blankets; the young boy had been a recipient of a Linus blanket years earlier when he was born premature, Miller said. “He was there making blankets for the next round of kids who needed them – it was just very moving,” she recalled. “Not a dry eye in the house.”

The day typically yields 50 to 100 blankets. Sometimes, people bring in blankets they’ve been working on or material to make new ones. There will also be fleece pieces for sale for $5 that people can use. “The money goes to the Linus Project,” Miller said.

Participants are asked to bring sharp scissors; no sewing skills are required. Demonstrations on how to make crocheted-edge, braided or fringed-edge blankets will be ongoing throughout the day. If you choose to bring your own materials, 1½ to 2 yards of fleece will be needed. New this year, muslin squares will be provided that people can get creative with using permanent markers. The squares will then be pieced together for a quilt.

Robyn Manley, of Bennington, the chapter coordinator for the Linus Project, said volunteers make blankets all year long. But First Church’s annual blanket day helps bring attention to the cause. “The children who get them are either sick in the hospital or traumatized in some way – maybe they’ve lost a parent,” Manley said.

There are Linus Project blanket drop-off boxes at Monadnock Community Hospital and TD Bank in Jaffrey.

“We’re always looking for people to make blankets, but also conduits to get blankets to kids. We’re always looking to expand our reach,” said Manley. “This is an ongoing thing, This is not something that starts and stops. Unfortunately, there’s always going to be kids who need a blanket.”

For more information or to register for the Make a Blanket Day, contact Manley at 588-2427 or robynprojectlinus@gmail.com. To learn more about Project Linus visit the chapter Facebook page Project Linus Southwest New Hampshire Chapter, or visit the website www.projectlinus.org.