Their mission statement is:
- First: 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 blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
- Second: Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
We all opted to make a simple, no-sew fleece blanket but you can do almost anything as long as it's clean and in good shape. I went to JoAnn's and headed straight for the remnants bin, found a couple of great pieces (enough for a crib sized blanket and a small "lovey" type) for only $6 and that's honestly all I needed besides a pair of good scissors. I based my blanket off of a pattern from a book called Crafty Mama but just ended up winging it. It's really easy to find a pattern online if you feel more comfortable working in measurements, but it's also easy to look at the pattern once to get the idea and never look at it again.
If you are in the area and would like to join us for the rest of this project (and/or any future projects), please let me know and I can keep you posted about when and where we plan to deliver our blankets. You can make a blanket on your own time and join us when we drop them off together.
|Zoe started out strong, but faded fast...|
|Emily and Sammy working together...|
|Most of today's small but dedicated crew.|
|I decided to let Zoe "design" her own blanket...which she thankfully decided on her own to keep at the house|
|Working together to finish up the last one!|