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The Middle Tennessee Chapter of Project Linus will be hosting a Make-A-Blanket Day (MABD) 2012.

The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, located at 1655 West Main Street in Lebanon.

Many chapters all over the country will be hosting local MABD on this day. The mission of Project Linus is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade, washable blankets and afghans, lovingly crafted by volunteers, whom we call blanketeers. It also provides a creative outlet for those who wish to use their talents to help children.

Come help make a blanket for a child. You do not need to know how to sew/quilt to participate, well show you how you can help, said Tina Wilke, Middle Tennessee Chapter coordinator.

If possible, bring your sewing machine, yarn, supplies, etc and come have a day of fun. Bring your own lunch. Lemonade, coffee and water will be provided.

Community involvement is vital to the success of this event, and it is hoped that as many people as possible will come and help make blankets, Wilke said. Monetary gifts to Project Linus as well as donations of handmade blankets, new cotton or flannel fabric, fleece (1 to 2 yards), yarn, or other supplies will also be accepted.

Kit Rosskamp started the Nashville Chapter in October 2001 which donated blankets to over 16,000 children. When Rosskamp passed away in October 2011, Wilke, her daughter, took charge of the chapter to continue her mothers passion of providing hugs to children.

Wilke, along with the support of Project Linus national headquarters, decided to change the name of the chapter to Middle Tennessee which better describes the area they serve.

Blankets are delivered to facilities such as Vanderbilt Childrens Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Baptist Hospital, Police, Fire, and Sheriff Departments in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, White House, Lebanon and Goodlettsville. They have also donated the blankets to children of military personnel lost in service to the country as well as individuals who fit the mission of Project Linus. The volunteer non-profit 501c(3) organization has now delivered more than 4 million blankets since its inception in 1995.

For more information on the Make A Blanket Day 2012 and/or to learn more about Project Linus, contact Wilke at 449-5097 or at 584-5799, or tinaplmidtn@gmail.com, or contact Tammy Dillard, co-coordinator, at 238-1883 or tammyplmidtn@gmail.com.

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