Providing security through blankets

Jacksonville, Or.- At 74-years-old Gayle Merz is finding time to help those less fortunate than her. She’s the Jackson County coordinator for Project Linus.

“The goal is to give…present a hug in a form of a blanket to a child in trauma or in distress,” Gayle said.

The non-profit organization was named after the character Linus, in Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts” cartoons.

Gayle along with 10 other blanketeers knit, crochet, and quilt blankets for seriously ill and traumatized children.

It shows the child and the parents…the child that’s in trauma that they’re people in the community that do care for them,” Gayle said.

The organization makes blankets for children from birth to 18-years-old. Their purpose is to provide a child with comfort. Gayle’s group has made about 400 blankets since it first took off a year and a half ago.

We got one lady who cranks out the quilts,” she said.

The group will hold its first “Make a Blanket Day” Saturday, March 25.

It’s not just a blanket, it’s an emotional support for the child during trauma,” said Gayle.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at The Meadows Community Room in Central Point.To find more information about how you can help contact Gayle Merz at [email protected]


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