"Blanketeers" Make Homemade Blankets For Children In Need

GUILFORD, Maine (WABI) - Volunteers in Guilford hope homemade blankets will provide some comfort to some children in local hospitals.

"We love to see communities come together and do things for the benefit of the community," said Walter Boomsma of Valley Grange in Guilford. "The Grange is history and heritage is all about supporting world communities and these are the kinds of efforts that are meaningful."

Volunteers from all over Piscataquis county came together Saturday to help children in need.

It's all part of Project Linus - a non-profit organization that provides homemade blankets to children who are seriously ill.

For organizer, Heather Burgess, the event really hits home.

"A couple of years ago my sisters, well last year, my sisters had to be rushed to the hospital because they had seizures and they came home with the blanket and they would sleep with them, and it was like their safety kind of thing. I wanted to be able to bring that to other kids because I know what it's been like to not feel very safe in area," said Burgess.

Last year a group of students from Foxcroft Academy joined the production line to help make over thirty blankets.

Each one will be donated to an area hospital.

No sewing skills are needed, and the "blanketeers" seem to enjoy it all.

"It gives people an opportunity to feel like they're accomplishing something. With all the stuff that's been going on lately anything, anything that we can do to make a kids life easier certainly deserves to be done," explained Boomsma.

Burgess says that no matter how many blankets they make, she knows the message behind it all is what truly matters.

"There so many different things that this means to me," said Burgess. "I like to give my time to the community, and I like to make others feel good and be able to feel safe, especially kids. It means a lot."