NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — Once again, Project Linus is seeking new, homemade blanket donations for seriously ill and traumatized children.
Founded in 1995, Project Linus — named after the character Linus from the "Peanuts" comic strip — is a national effort with nearly 400 local chapters that have collected more than 4 million blankets.
In Northborough, Lisa Hodge is collecting blankets for children in Worcester-area hospitals, shelters and hospices. On Thursday, she said she received 13 blankets so far, with several more on the way. "They're coming in one at a time," Hodge said.
Last year, Hodge collected 130 blankets. To meet this goal again, she has arranged a blanket-making party Sunday 17 at the St. Rose of Lima Parish, 244 W. Main St.
"Every year, I've had people come to my house," Hodge said. "This year, we have more than my house can handle." So far, she added, 40 people have signed up to attend.
Those who cannot attend this weekend also can drop off blankets at the Marlborough Savings Bank, Craftworks or Hodge's home. Blankets should be new and homemade, though Hodge said they also are accepting quilts and afghans.
"We take anything as long as it's homemade," she said.
Hodge can be contacted at email@example.com or at 508-397-8456.
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