After losing hundreds of blankets in fire, local Project Linus chapter seeks community’s helpBrianna Bricker January 24, 2019 0 COMMENTS
The Project Linus Santa Clarita Valley / Antelope Valley / Sylmar chapter lost over 200 blankets and $6000 dollars’ worth of supplies in a storage facility fire on Jan. 7.
A fire broke out at Extra Storage on Hollywood Court in Valencia on Monday night, destroying eight storage units across from where the local Project Linus chapter stores its supplies. Although the organization’s materials survived the fire, many were contaminated with smoke and have to be discarded, leaving the organization in a greater need for assistance.
Since its establishment, the local chapter 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.
“Fortunately, most of the blankets had been delivered before the new year; however; my students had started to restock inventory with the goal of reaching the 10,000 mark,” chapter coordinator Sharon Garvar said. “Paul Davis Restoration (of Santa Clarita) has graciously offered to see whether they can decontaminate the blankets, but we also have children and families who need blankets now. If anyone would like to make blankets and donate them or share monetary gifts, those gestures would help us continue to support our community in this valuable way.”
Garvar is currently in the process of sorting through the damaged items and relocating what can be salvaged into another unit on the property. Some of the items in the unit, such as scissors and seam rippers, were salvageable, but Garvar hopes the community will support the chapter in replenishing its supplies and blanket inventory.
“I contacted Logix Federal Credit Union, to see if they could help, as they are our largest sponsor,” Garvar said. “They are hosting a fundraiser with their staff and they’ll also be making blankets in the coming week. I told her that on my students’ first day back from the holiday break, they were so sad to hear this news, but we’re confident that Santa Clarita businesses and residents will help us – they truly care about making a difference.”
Donations of fleece, acrylic yarn, fabric or finished blankets can be delivered to Joann Fabrics in Canyon Country. Monetary donations may be made at projectlinus.org, where donors can specify that they would like to donate specifically to the Santa Clarita / Antelope Valley chapter.
Those interested in contributing can also attend their upcoming Make-A-Blanket Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on March 9 in the College of the Canyons Valencia Campus East Gym.
More information about giving to and volunteering with the local chapter of Project Linus can be found at scvprojectlinus.org.