Teens part of the Covington Youth Commission spent volunteer time this winter creating blankets for Project Linus, a national organization that distributes blankets to children.
The CYC completed their roles as "blanketeers", as Project Linus calls them, as part their roles in the student leadership committee organized by the Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington.
“We brainstormed for days about ideas for our service opportunity,” said Jenni Miller-Francis, Director of Youth and Family Initiatives at the Center for Great Neighborhoods. That’s when the CYC stumbled upon the Cincinnati Chapter for Project Linus.
With the idea to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children, Project Linus was started in Illinois and is now the location of their National Headquarters. The Organization has chapters in all 50 states and is continuing to grow. Blankets are crafted, donated, and then distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere a child in need might be.
Since the extremes in weather, the group started getting supplies to make the blankets for Project Linus. On January 20th as all the students in the district were enjoying the day off school in observation of Martin Luther King Day, the CYC met to start the assemble of their blankets.
“Project Linus offers many different styles of blankets patterns but as a committee we chose to make fleece knot blankets,” Miller-Francis said. “We cut, tied, and worked on donating 20 blankets, in many different sizes that can be used for toddlers, children, or other teens.”
The Cincinnati Chapter for Project Linus has a series of different drop off locations around the area. The members of the CYC are encouraging all teens in the area to take the time now to give back to their community.