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Feb 2018 Rochester: Blankets for sick kids

Sunday February 18

Penfield Recreation Department, 1985 Baird Rd, Penfield

Children often seek security and comfort from clinging to a blanket. Little Helpers of Rochester will be making blankets to help sick and traumatized children and teens in the area. We will be working with Lucille Castellano Arthmann, local coordinator of the non-profit organization called Project Linus. The blankets will be donated to various organizations around Rochester, including Strong and Rochester General Hospitals, Villa of Hope, Cameron Ministries, and Charles Street Settlement House. Please meet us Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Penfield Community Center Community Room 1985 Baird Road We will be making no-sew fleece blankets. Please bring 1 ˝ yard pieces of fleece material (bring as much as you’d like depending on how many blankets you’d like to make) and scissors. No fleece blanket kits, please. The kids will do better with single pieces of fleece fabric. Also, there is a shortage of blankets for boys, so please keep that in mind while shopping for patterns. You can also donate other blankets. They must be: • NEW and made from all new materials • Washable • Free of pins and embellishments • Free of pet hair • Free of smoke and chemical smells • Child-friendly (we encourage you to choose colors and patterns that would be cheerful and kid-friendly) Project Linus, named after the security blanket toting character from the Peanuts comic strip was started in 1995 and today chapters in 50 states. It’s donated more than 5 million handmade blankets to help comfort children 0-18 years old in hospitals, shelters and hospices. For more information about Project Linus, check out http://www.projectlinus.org/ For anyone who is unable to attend but would still like to donate, directions are as follows: http://www.projectlinus.org/patterns/pdf/NoSewFB.pdf. We would be happy to pick them up prior to the event. Hope to see you there! Amy Bidleman & Kathy George Little Helpers Coordinators


Penfield Recreation Department, 1985 Baird Rd, Penfield