What I love most about Aroostook County is that people come together in a time of need and do all they can to help out. And thanks to the generosity of area volunteer quilters and a local retailer, the anxiety that often comes with an inpatient stay at the hospital for children will be less than it might otherwise.

Staff members from the Presque Isle Marden’s store, last week delivered 99 hand-made quilts to TAMC’s A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital. The blankets – made and donated by local quilters, including team members working in the fabric department at the local Marden’s will be given to pediatric patients who are admitted to the Presque Isle hospital for inpatient care.

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The donation of the quilts to TAMC’s women and children’s unit is part of Project Linus, a national campaign that collects homemade blankets that are given to severely ill children from infancy to age 18. The organization has a strong base of support in Maine, and the central Aroostook chapter is one of seven in the state.

Project Linus’ goal is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need, through the gift of new handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly made by volunteer “blanketeers.”

Each year Marden’s statewide collects quilts, blankets and donations and distributes them to hospitals and other organizations that help care for ill children throughout Maine.  Several thousand blankets have been given since Marden’s initiated the effort over a decade ago.

To find out more information about Project Linus donations, local chapters, or to connect with other “blanketeers” visit www.projectlinus.org