Students, volunteers make hundreds of blankets for children in needBrianna Bricker September 29, 2018 0 COMMENTS
The Santa Clarita chapter of Project Linus held yet another successful Make-A-Blanket Day on Sept. 22 at Golden Valley High School.
Almost 400 volunteers turned out for the Saturday event. By the end of the day, a total of 571 handmade blankets were ready to be distributed to children going through hardships such as serious illnesses or trauma.
Sharon Garvar, an English teacher at Academy of the Canyons, is the head of the Project Linus chapter that serves Santa Clarita, the Antelope Valley and Sylmar. Garvar was inspired to start volunteering with Project Linus after her own son received a blanket from a chapter when he was in a neonatal intensive care unit with pneumonia.
“A blanket doesn’t judge, let you down, or hurt you,” Garvar said of the handmade blankets. “A blanket made by a stranger that says, ‘Hey, I get it and you are not alone,’ is unbelievably powerful because it is the promise that humanity has compassion and love rather than coldness.”
The local chapter has been extremely successful and has donated over 8,500 blankets to nearby organizations, including Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
Blankets from Santa Clarita’s local chapter have also been donated to children from across the country for special events or disaster situations where there is an unexpected need for extra blankets.
Although leading the local chapter is hard work, Garvar continues to dedicate much of her time to making blankets for children in need.
“I want to be the catalyst that connects the anonymous creator of that blanket of hope with the child that desperately needs his faith in humanity and hope restored,” Garvar said.
The next Make-A-Blanket Day is scheduled for March 9th in the East Gym at the College of the Canyons Valencia campus.
Disclosure: Brianna Bricker and editor-in-chief Mai Nguyen Do are Academy of the Canyons graduates.