Elkhart County chapter of Project Linus seeks blanket donations, volunteers

Project Linus is a national non-profit that distributes handmade blankets to children in need. A new local chapter of the organization is seeking help to get started.

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 4:00 a.m.

A national non-profit that provides blankets to needy children has a new chapter in Elkhart County.

Kimberly Schrock of New Paris is the chapter coordinator of Project Linus, which aims to provide handmade blankets to children who are "seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need," according to a press release.

She saw a need for blankets in her work at Elkhart General Hospital, where she serves as director of the sleep center.

"For this chapter, if there's need outside Elkhart County I may cross the boundaries, but Elkhart County is my priority for the hospitals, for shelters, tragedies — that’s the one that we miss a lot of," she said.

Schrock is seeking fabric donations and volunteers to hand-make blankets.

"You don’t need to be a crafting or sewing person to do it because they're no-sew blankets with easy patterns to follow," she said.

Schrock is also looking for local businesses and organizations to serve as blanket drop-off locations.

For free patterns and a list of specific requirements, visit www.projectlinus.org and click FAQs. For more information or to take part in the Elkhart County chapter of Project Linus, contact Kim Schrock at 831-3571 or emtkim94@gmail.com.


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