DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Children facing trauma or critical illness are provided with a special homemade blanket through Project Linus — named for the “Peanuts” character who always appears in the comic with his blanket — to help comfort them in a difficult time. The SeDoMoCha Middle School Builders Club has been working on creating blankets for a local chapter of Project Linus as one of the club’s many community service projects.
“These blankets are for Project Linus, a group of people from each county who take blankets we made and give them to hospitals,” said SeDoMoCha Middle School Builders Club President Mason Merrill, who is in eighth grade.
Builders Club adviser Susan Bryand said she and a club member attended a breakfast of the Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis Club at which a presentation on Project Linus was made, and this sparked an interest in having the Builders Club take part in the program. She said Judy Raymond of the Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis is the Piscataquis County representative for Project Linus, and Kiwanis members Barbara Austin and Eddie Lewis also took part in the blanket-making process.
“We took a vote in Builders Club if we wanted to do the blankets,” Merrill said, with the students deciding the program was indeed worth participating in.
The Builders Club meets on Wednesday afternoons after school, and Merrill said the club has spent several meetings a month working on the blankets. He said the work was not too difficult as “the designs are not sewing, just cutting and tying.”
Bryand said the students had 10 bolts of fabric, which were donated to the club and contain about a yard and a half of material each, to choose from for their blankets. Merrill said personal touches can be added, such as notches on the edges or with patches added on.
Bryand said blanket-making directions are on the Project Linus website. “Anyone can make one and donate it, and that’s where we got the directions from,” she said.