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Blankets made for needy children

By Staff
special to The Star
May 18, 2003
Seven women from Meridian and the surrounding area have made blankets as part of a national campaign for needy children.
The tally in the "National Project Linus Campaign" may reach 100,000.
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 of the gifts of a new, handmade, washable blanket, lovingly crafted by volunteers. Janome America was the national sponsor for the Project Linus Make A Blanket Day 2003.
On behalf of the local participants 48 blankets were donated and sent to the Linus Foundation.
Some were quilts with embroidered Peanuts Gang characters, while others featured decorative stitching. Local blanketeers received a raffle ticket for every finished blanket turned at the conclusion of Blanket Day. The name was drawn from the raffle tickets by Elizabeth Ryan of The Meridian Star. The local winner was Donna Maddux, who received a new Janome Quilter's Companion sewing/quilting machine.
Meridian area participants were Linda Ruffin, Barbara Weir, Earline Ware, Jean Tolbert, Lucille McLendon, Ann Vaughan, and Donna Maddux.
If you would like more information on Project Linus or to make a donation of a blanket for a needy child, call The Sewing and Vacuum Center at 693-1863 or e-mail