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In January, Vatress Williams of Woodlawn handed the Carroll Chapter of Project Linus over to Sarah Melton of Independence.
Williams had served Project Linus for about five years and got the chapter to supply 4,030 blankets to children in the area.
The chapter transfer fee was donated by the Christian Women’s Fellowship of Galax. The chapter name has since been updated to the Carroll/Grayson Chapter to better accommodate recipients and volunteers of the Twin County area.
“Project Linus is a non-profit organization that donates new, handmade blankets to children in our area,” said Melton. “We strive to serve children who are facing any sort of trauma, recipients of the Backpack Buddies program, Tri-Area Pregnancy Resource Center for the new babies and anywhere there may be children who need comfort in our area.
“These blankets are appreciated very much by the children who receive them.”
Melton said the blankets donated are “made with love by people in our area who have a passion for children, as well as the wonderful arts of quilting, sewing, crocheting and knitting.”
Blankets accepted for Project Linus include quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets and afghans. They need to be 36-by-36 inches or larger.
Materials needed for this mission include donations of new yarn, fabric (regular and fleece), batting and sewing notions. Monetary donations are also accepted and go towards chapter expenses that include postage, room rental for Blanket Days and supplies for volunteers.
“It is so easy to help Project Linus offer comfort to children in our area,” said Melton, who encourages people to volunteer.
Simply make a new handmade blanket and donate it to the Carroll/Grayson Chapter of Project Linus by coming to a Blanket Day at the Galax Public Library on the first Saturday of every month between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.
The next event is June 1.
The exception to this is the month of July in which there is no meeting due to the regular meeting space being unavailable. Meetings will resume the first Saturday of August.
“You can simply drop off and run, mingle with the coordinator and other volunteers, pick up new materials as available or come to get help with your projects,” Melton said.
• For more information, call Sarah Melton at (276) 233-6382 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. This email also can be used to find the local chapter on Facebook.