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Heartland community makes blankets for kids in need

Heartland community makes blankets for kids in need (Photo: Amber Draper/KTVO)

A warm blanket can mean a lot to a child in need.

“A blanket is a warm hug when we need it most," said Connie Douvier, coordinator of North Central Missouri Chapter of Project Linus.

Something as simple as a warm blanket can go a long way.

That's why on Saturday, over 100 Kirksville residents took the time to make blankets for Heartland children in need.

“We give blankets to area kids in need so whether their seriously ill, traumatized," Douvier said.
“They need a nice soft blanket to take to bed with them and I just want to make them feel better."

The event is called Make a Blanket Day and it's hosted by Project Linus.

The Kirksville chapter was created in 2004.

“We’ve been making blankets ever since. It’s been a lot of fun. To just provide a local volunteer opportunity that directly impacts our local communities,” said Douvier.

With the help of over 100 volunteers, organizers say they expect to have around 400 blankets to give away by the end of the event.

“We love helping out obviously , and everybody loves making blankets and people love receiving them even more," said participant Mariah Carami.

The event included people of all ages and no sewing experience was needed.

Participants say that's the beauty of it all.

“I think it’s just amazing seeing how many people are here and like I said the diversity, it’s really cool to see everybody working together for a common cause," Carami said.

Project Linus in Kirksville accepts blankets all year long.

You can drop off donations at Quilted Square and at Walmart Vision Center.

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