HYANNIS, MASSACHUSETTS, December 21, 2010… Susan Provencher, Cape Cod Chapter Coordinator of Project Linus and Branch Manager of Cape Cod Cooperative Bank’s Yarmouth Port office, received a request for 200 blankets from Child and Family Services of Cape Cod for blankets made and donated as part of the Project Linus program. Susan responded that she indeed had blankets that she could deliver from the annual “Make a Blanket Day” drive that the Bank sponsored in February and would be happy to make them available.
Tom Butero, Site Director of Child and Family Services said, “The blanket makers really out did themselves this year with so many beautiful blankets. The assorted colors and designs will be given to the children we serve ranging from infants to teenagers. Every year, we receive wonderful feedback from the recipients of your donation.”
The mission of Project Linus is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade, washable blankets and afghans, lovingly crafted by volunteer “blanketeers.” Nearly 300 chapters of Project Linus exist with more than 550,000 blankets delivered worldwide. Project Linus is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization.
With the annual drive coming up in February, the Bank will happily accept blankets throughout the month at all branch locations. All blankets are distributed locally to organizations like Independence House, Safe Harbor and A Baby Center. However, when a national disaster of any magnitude strikes, the Project Linus community becomes one and blankets are often requested as a result, to help comfort the youngest victims of disaster.
If you would like to donate a new homemade blanket, Project Linus has a few specific health and safety guidelines for Acceptable Blankets which are: “A Project Linus blanket is a new, handmade, washable blanket.
Please insure that your blankets are free from smoky smells or any chemicals, which could cause problems for a child. While we love creativity, please do not use embellishments such as buttons, glitter, beads or sequins, as these may pose a danger to the child.”
“We continue to be a proud supporter of Susan and her work with Project Linus,” said Joel Crowell, President and CEO of Cape Cod Cooperative Bank. “The children of Cape Cod need our support and for those suffering, we are eager to help in whatever way we can. Promoting Project Linus to help comfort our young neighbors is always an easy decision.”
Cape Cod Cooperative Bank is an independent, local, mutual community bank with over $586 million in assets. Established in 1921, it is headquartered in Hyannis with branches; on Route 6A in Yarmouth Port, East Dennis and West Barnstable; in Sandwich at 275 Cotuit Road; in Hyannis at 695 Attucks Lane in Independence Park, and in East Harwich at 1470 Orleans Road/Route 39.