FAIRFIELD — Blankets formed mountains at Round Table Pizza, Sunday, as the women of Project Linus came together for a cause.
Nearly two dozen supporters of the organization’s Solano County Chapter filled the dining room to add some final touches to hundreds of blankets made for children in need. The local chapter, started in 2008, was heading toward a major milestone.
“We’re striving to reach 5,000 today,” said coordinator Laura Proctor.
Since it started counting in 2009, the group has made 4,791 blankets, which are distributed to Solano County organizations, said Proctor. She announced on Facebook that the group only needed 209 more blankets to reach its goal, and the response was overwhelming.
“People just went into a blanket-making frenzy,” she said.
Proctor was unable to count the number of blankets that filled two tabletops and overflowed onto the floor at Round Table, but estimated there were about 300.
“This is more than we ever hoped for,” she said.
A major windfall for the group Sunday was the contribution of 200 blankets from the women of Wayside United Methodist Church in Vallejo. The group has been supporting the local chapter of Project Linus for four years.
“We have little old ladies in their 90s,” said Karen Hester, who was sewing Project Linus labels on fleece blankets edged with crocheted “scallops.”
Hester, whose husband also crochets, said the group “found their niche” in making blankets for a cause. It has donated 500 blankets over four years.
“It just feels good to know that we’re making a difference in kids’ lives,” said Sharlee Basley, a fellow member of United Methodist Women.
The local chapter of Project Linus donates blankets to nearly two dozen local organizations and hospitals. Proctor said she donated some blankets Saturday to comfort five young victims of the Marigold Drive fire, which destroyed several homes in Fairfield on Aug. 27. She said the recipients are often surprised about the generosity.
“They’re shocked that someone wants to give them a homemade blanket, and there’s always a hug,” Proctor said.
Nine-year-old Lillianna Ward, of Fairfield, came with her mother, Tisha Coury, to help out. It was the duo’s first Project Linus meeting, and Lillianna said the event was “very joyful and organized.”
“I like doing things for other kids and teens,” she said. “. . . because everyone needs that warm, comfy feeling when they’re not having a good time.”
To donate to Project Linus, visit www.projectlinus.org and indicate the Solano County Chapter.
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