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Project Linus Blankets for Seattle Children’s Hospital

Project Linus Blankets for Seattle Children’s Hospital
Posted on 06/18/2018
Project Linus Blankets for Seattle Children’s HospitalProject Linus Club provides an opportunity for youth to get involved with helping others through crafting blankets. Evelyn Ellsworth, a Stevens Middle School para educator is the club’s advisor. 

Students met as a group regularly in the library since last winter, and over the last few months completed 74 blankets.  The group recently held an end of the year party, at which time all blankets were folded and presented to Phyllis Carey, President of the Peninsula Chapter of Project Linus, to be distributed to seriously ill children in Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Ellsworth sets up the project in the school library, where students can’t fail to notice.  Club members have varying reasons for getting involved.

Cecelia Kirkland, seventh grader, felt drawn to the project, she said, because her little brother had been treated at Children’s Hospital long ago, and she well remembered the experience.  Also, she used to make blankets with her grandmother.

Growing up, Phoebe Kaleo, seventh grader, watched Charlie Brown and the Peanuts Gang on television, and Linus was her favorite character.  “This project can help a lot of people,” said Kaleo.  “Do the small things and they will reach out in big ways.”

Alezandra Fitzsimmons, seventh grader, joined the group to remember her grandmother, who she lost to cancer.  Hearing a classmate had been diagnosed with cancer impacted her.  “You don’t know how fast things can change,” she said.

Ellsworth says this is the eleventh year she has involved Stevens Middle School students with Project Linus, in which time they have made nearly 500 blankets.  Over the years, blankets have gone to Head Start, First Step, foster children, Hospice Alliance, as well as children and adults in need in the community.

Photo by Patsene Dashiell/Port Angeles School District
Stevens Middle School students made over 70 blankets during the school year to send to Seattle Children’s Hospital for Project Linus.  From left:  Carol Hughes (volunteer), Evelyn Ellsworth (advisor), Phoebe Kaleo, Ali Fitzsimmons, Vanessa Flanagan, Olivia Wray, Cecelia Kirkland and Marilyn Williams (Peninsula Project Linus member).

For additional assistance, please contact:

M. Patsene Dashiell
Communications & Community Relations Coordinator
pdashiell@portangelesschools.org
Ph: 360-565-3703
Port Angeles School District
Central Services – 216 East 4th Street
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