M-W blankets those in need, delivers 547 handmade blankets to Project Linus

on November 19, 2019

School bus drivers with the blankets they made for Project Linus.

The Monroe-Woodbury Transportation Department  had a very successful blanket drive for Project Linus. On November 9, 547 blankets (surpassing last year’s total of 508) were delivered to the Orange County chapter of Project Linus. The blankets will be delivered to children who are in need of comfort, a sense of security, warmth and love. This national organization was founded in 1995 and to date has had almost 7.8 million blankets donated nationwide. The Orange County chapter began in 2001 and has donated around 44,000 blankets to children in Orange County and Pike County.

The blankets are distributed to hospitals, social service agencies, Safe Homes, ‘A Friend’s House,” schools, Red Cross and areas where national disasters have occurred.

Project Linus became a mission of the Monroe-Woodbury Transportation Department beginning in 2011, led every year since then by retired bus attendant Susan Pratt.  Employees in the Monroe-Woodbury Education Center, spearheaded by Tina Anastos, have also participated for the last three years. Veronica Kaleta at North Main put her Mindful Ambassadors to work to make blankets this year and, thanks to the efforts of M-W bus driver Kim Longo, Winslow Adult Day-Hab was also involved.

Caring about children is what Monroe-Woodbury school district is all about. Thank you to all who participated in Project Linus to bring comfort to children in our community.

Windsor Rehab members show the blankets they made for Project Linus.