By: Stephanie Leger, For The Clock
This week, Plymouth State student’s will return their handmade blankets to the Office of Community Impact in support of Project Linus. Project Linus is a nonprofit organization that supplies blankets to children and families in need, and has been an annual volunteer event at PSU. In the past, volunteers would come together to sew blankets on one specific day, but due to COVID the process has changed. However, the pandemic didn’t change OCI’s ability to continue giving back to the community.
Starting this year, students were encouraged to pick up blanket-making kits, supplied by OCI, and make the blankets from home. Tylor Austin, member of OCI who managed the service project this year, shared that “All 45 blanket kits that the OCI supplied were picked up this year, which is a better turnout than we had thought.” Austin also explained that although all of the kits were picked up, that shouldn’t discourage students from participating. “If anyone off-campus or remote learning wants to participate, you can pick up fabric and make your own blanket, drop it off at our office, room 039 in the Hartman Union Building.”
There are three different types of kits available, each tied with a different colored ribbon: green for children, yellow for babies and red for adults. Austin explained that “All of the blankets go to children’s hospitals, shelters, and social service agencies. Basically, they’re given anywhere a child might need a big hug.” Each blanket kit included a template teaching students how to make their own blankets. With limited activities on-campus this semester, Austinemphasized the importance of using this extra free-time to give back to the community.