So yesterday as Teddy Bear Picnic Day and my daughter Janelle and I spent our afternoon working with Project Linus and Leesylvania State Park. Project Linus is a non-profit organization that works with various "Blanketeers" across the United States in local chapters to provide handmade blankets to youth who are "seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans," these blankets are made and delivered to different organizations such as hospitals, social services, homeless shelters, etc.
Project Linus was named after Linus from Snoopy, everyone knows that Linus is famous for his security blanket, which always tends to bring him much solace and comfort, Linus never looks happy without his blanket. Well seeing as though yesterday was Teddy Bear Picnic Day, Janelle and I volunteered at a free event to make blankets for the project, collectively we made two blankets, the fleece for the blankets was donated by individuals and organizations including Leesylvania State Park and the "pattern" was simple, cut, snip, cut, snip, tassel tassel, tie, tie and it was cute and even though there was no stitching or crocheting or sewing it was still considered handmade. I think what made this event most rewarding was that I was spending quality time with one of my children volunteering and doing something good for someone else.
I felt like Project Linus was a good enough organization to recommend it to "our" Girl Scout Troop Leader, the girls could utilize this opportunity to not only give back to our community, but to earn their awards for community service. We are always looking for ways to be of service to the community, even if they aren't local to us and even if they are, part of the Girl Scout Mission is to volunteer our time and give back.I really enjoyed hanging out with everyone on Saturday and it felt good knowing that I spent my free time doing something good for someone in need.
Until next time...