Volunteers make hundreds of blankets for Corridor kids in need

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    Saturday afternoon, around 40 volunteers gathered in Salem United Methodist Church in Cedar Rapids to make fleece tie blankets for Corridor children, as a part of Project Linus.

    Crystal Ellis, a local volunteer, invited everyone to contribute.

    "I started out on my friend's kitchen table with about 13 blankets, and now this is year six," said Ellis. "Last year we did almost 300 blankets. I never want to give a number, like we have to get this many! But I do hope we increase every year."

    Project Linus is a national non-profit that has chapters of volunteers across the nation who provide comfort and warmth to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans.

    The blankets that Crystal and others are making will be delivered to local agencies, like the Iowa City Ronald McDonald House, and the Stead Family Children's Hospital.

    If you'd like to make a blanket, Crystal will be collecting them through December 21, to deliver to children in time for Christmas.

    You can reach out to her at crysellis@aol.com.

    This is the Facebook invite for Saturday's event, where you can learn more about the project and connect with other volunteers.

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