WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– A project inspired by the classic Peanuts character, “Project Linus,” aims to provide blankets to seriously ill and traumatized children.
Lisa Kepf is in charge of the Central Kentucky Chapter of Project Linus. She carefully stitches labels on to blankets crafted with some very special kids in mind.
“If it doesn’t have a Project Linus tag, it’s not from Project Linus,” she said.
For the past 17 years, Project Linus has helped provide more than 36,000 handmade blankets for children who need them the most.
“It’s something that they can hold, it’s soft, blankets are always comforting,” she said.
Whether it’s knitting, crocheting, or even tying pieces of fabric together, each person or “blanketeer” involved in the process has a direct impact on a seriously ill or traumatized child. Just as it did for Linus, the blankets offer the children a sense of security.
“A lot of times these children are going through things that require invasive procedures and people poking on them and this keeps them warm,” said Kepf.
The blankets must be new, handmade, and washable. They must come from a smoke-free home. She said that the supply is never able to keep up with the demand, which is why Saturday they’ll host their annual “Make A Blanket Day.” They hope to get even more blanketeers on board.
If you want to participate in Make A Blanket Day, all you have to do is show up. Materials and refreshments will be provided. It is this Saturday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Versailles.
If you cannot attend, you can drop off blankets or materials at St. John’s Episcopal in Versailles, Sew-A-Lot in Hamburg and Joann’s in Lexington and Frankfort.
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