A single blanket can make a child feel at ease, especially if the child is sick; and so Project Linus was started. Project Linus is a non-profit organization that distributes homemade blankets to children in need. Blanketeers here in Aroostook County have donated their homemade blankets to the Presque Isle Mardens as part of the project. And while in the past, those blankets were distributed throughout the U.S, this year they will stay here in the county.
Douglas Clifford says, “We’re going to donate them to organizations within the community, so they are staying within our own community. We take them in from quilters and people that make them. At the end of each year we pick an organization and we’ll distribute it to them.”
This year, Marden’s donated 99 blankets to the Women’s and Children’s health unit at TAMC. Deidre Clark, a Registered Nurse on the Women’s and Children’s Unit says, they are thankful for the blankets because they provide comfort to the children in the hospital.
” It just helps to bridge a gap between the children and us as the clinical provider, when they come in and they’re ill as you can imagine, they are a little apprehensive about seeing new faces coming in. It makes us more human to them versus hospital, and danger to them,” says Clark.
Clark adds that this is the most blankets they have ever received. Betty Foster, who works in the Fabric Department at Mardens, says she’s happy to see the community embrace this project.
“We have one lady who lives local and she’s in probably once every two or three months and brings in anywhere from thirty to fifty blankets at a time. We’ve already started to collect for next year,” says Foster.
Clark adds that she thinks more people will donate blankets now because they are staying in the county. Clifford appreciates all the hard work put in to these blankets and knows they will make a child happy.