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  • Longtime Project Linus volunteers Ann Grieb (left) and Leah Stocksdale (center) received their Volunteer of the Month Awards from Sales Account Executive Bryan Vandanna.
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    Longtime Project Linus volunteers Ann Grieb (left) and Leah Stocksdale (center) received their Volunteer of the Month Awards from Sales Account Executive Bryan Vandanna.

Project Linus Gives Back To Community

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February 6, 2018
Project Linus volunteers Ann Grieb and Leah Stocksdale both responded to the organization’s newspaper ad calling for volunteers.
“My daughter received one in the hospital, and then I was looking for volunteer opportunities as my kids got older, and I saw it in the paper as well,” Stocksdale said. “I wanted to give to a kid just like my child got.”
In her retired life, Grieb said she donates most of her time to Project Linus.
“I sew just about every day,” Grieb said. “I’m retired, so I exercise in the morning, and then I come home and I put in four hours of sewing a day.”
Stocksdale said she and her friends get together to sew and enjoy one another’s company.
Every month, Project Linus receives roughly 200 blankets. Stocksdale and Grieb divvy them up to tag, wash, pack and deliver them.
The blankets are washed in scent-free detergent in consideration for those with allergies. They are tagged with Project Linus’ label, featuring the “Peanuts” character Linus holding his blanket.
Stocksdale said her motivation for joining the organization was to provide comfort to children in hospitals.
“I remember what a comfort it was for my daughter. When you’re in the hospital, you have nothing,” Stocksdale said. “That was it. Simply something of hers that she could hold on to.”
For Grieb, the draw was being able to give to the homeless.
“I like the idea of making blankets for the homeless,” Grieb said. “We give to the homeless children, too, and I just thought what a great idea to be able to do that.”
Project Linus donates to many organizations, including Sarah’s House, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Kennedy Krieger Institute and Anne Arundel Medical Center.
“The best part is delivering the blankets,” Grieb said. “When I go to Sarah’s House and they see me coming, they’re so excited.”
Every year, Project Linus prepares blankets for Camp Good Grief, a camp for children of fallen soldiers. The blankets for Camp Good Grief have to be twin-sized and red, white and blue.
Project Linus meets the third Saturday of every month from 10:00am-noon at the Severna Park Community Center’s Holy Grounds Youth Center. Each meeting is like a workshop in that members are making blankets and willing to help others learn new techniques, Stocksdale said.
“If you have any questions, you can ask other people,” Stocksdale said. “There’s a specific topic that is being covered, like showing somebody how to quilt.”
As a fundraiser, Project Linus has a table at Broadneck High School’s craft fair every December. The members make baby toys and dog toys to sell in order to maintain their annual $500 income to keep the chapter active.
Those who want to donate blankets, fabric or yarn can drop them off at Joann Fabrics in Annapolis or the Severna Park Community Center.
To learn more about Project Linus, visit www.projectlinus.org.

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