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Blanketeers donate to Project Linus

April 15, 2013


Project Linus 2013

 Pictured left to right: Melita O’Donnell, Beth Bellock, Tammy DeYulis, Chris Baughman, Denise Farabaugh, and Br. David Sheehan.

The Saint Francis University Linus Ladies blanketeer group recently donated 116 beautiful quilted, crocheted, knitted and embroidered blankets to Project Linus, an organization that provides blankets to sick and needy children. The Linus Ladies have been active on campus since 2006, and over the past seven years have donated more than 1,000 blankets to local children in need in Cambria County and surrounding areas. Each year the Linus Ladies focus on creating comfy, soft blankets for babies and young children.

The Saint Francis group was formed by Dr. Robin L. Cadwallader, associate professor of English/ communications, and Dr. Margaret A. Garcia, associate professor of business/finance, with the assistance of Melita O’Donnell, executive assistant. The Cambria County Chapter is coordinated by Tammy DeYulis, with assistance from Chris Baughman, executive assistant; Beth Bellock, print shop attendant; Denise Farabaugh, executive assistant, and Melita O’Donnell. Special thanks to Gamma Sigma Sigma sorority and Beth Hunt, assistant director of financial aid, for their assistance in sewing the Project Linus tags on each blanket.

Project Linus began in 1996, when Karen Loucks Rinedollar felt the need to do something for children with terminal or long-term illnesses. Due the overwhelming response from volunteers, the program expanded to offer comfort (in the form of new, handmade blankets) to children in homeless shelters and behavioral clinics

For additional information regarding Project Linus, please contact Tammy DeYulis at ttdk44@gmail.com or Melita O’Donnell at modonnell@francis.edu.