Published at Sunday, October 14th 2018. by Debbie Christian in Blanket.
They call her the blanket lady. Imagine you are a small child in a hospital or at a shelter you're in unfamiliar surroundings, and your scare and sometimes nothing can comfort me, except maybe the warmth and security of wrapping up in a blanket. There are so many stories about Project Linus, blankets that it's really heartwarming to hear them the favorite one that I have is one day I was still during frank it's the Bellevue, suburban hospital emergency room, and they wanted me to hear the story of the little girl that came in their finger had been caught in a car door.
She was just screaming and so afraid and hysterical. She wouldn't let the nurses or doctors touch her, so they got one of our projects. Linus blankets, output it around her. It was like a magic spell, they could fix her finger and she was felt much better and it's the purpose of project last blankets that we call it a hug when it's needed the most. Many years ago, after a successful career as a real estate, agent, barb decided it was time to give back. So she put her sewing skills to good use to help Project Linus, an organization that provides homemade blankets for children in need and I was doing this all in my house and then all the blankets there and you know, like 8000 blankets, a year went through my house and hands in almost every blanket it requires a decision where's the best place for this blanket to go, but when they go out from when I said in there, in perfect condition, ready for the kids, barb coordinates hundreds of volunteers affectionately known as her blanket ears.
I don't think anybody really knows how much time she has put into this. She does it in her house she's a perfectionist, so she oversees almost every step of the way of collecting the evaluating the bagging, the distribution. So it is a full-time commitment. She has five children and I know they were raised with Project Linus being a big part of their lives and they're there, proud of that which is a wonderful thing bigger than our traditional. They turned out really nice and it's one of the things that she likes.
These blankets not only benefit the children but the volunteers as well. It provides a very fun kind of rewarding opportunity for people to volunteer and give back they get into a project, Linus group or just start making the blankets and they get together in meetings and they become friends and it just changes their lives. Last year, more than 9,000 blankets were distributed to over 45 facilities in four counties. Most hospital emergency rooms love the blankets because it calms down the children and it calls down the parents, she's, just a lovely classy, lady and she's so dedicated to what she does that you meet her.
You listen to her and you admire her and you want to be a part of something that's important to her when I when I get in the CD. Thank you notes from a mother and a lot of them come from the children and there's very special. It just does make you feel good about what you're doing and realize that somebody did appreciate what you did. People have made a blanket.
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