June 13, 2019
For The Mayflower’s “blanketeers,” every stitch they sew is a chance to make a difference in a child’s life.
Every Wednesday, these volunteers gather in the Activity Room to sew for Project Linus, a national nonprofit organization providing handmade blankets to children in need. The blankets are then distributed to local children who are hospitalized, in foster care or are otherwise in need.
Project Linus says the blankets give kids a sense of security and comfort, like being wrapped in a hug. It’s also rewarding for Mayflower volunteers like Bee Taylor, a lifelong sewer who’s been part of the group for almost two years.
“It’s very satisfying to do something so simple that provides pleasure and warmth for young people who might need a little love,” she says.
Bee and the other volunteers select child-friendly designs with fun, bright colors. They line each blanket with flannel and sew them as a team, adding yarn ties on the top. In the past year, they’ve pinned, stitched, turned, pressed and topstitched more than 200 blankets.
“We look forward to this outreach so much,” Bee says. “We all love being part of something that provides that touch of love.”