Few gifts are as precious as those crafted by hand.
Knowing that, area volunteers, as well as area students and seamstresses, have found a way to use their talents to benefit those in need.
Recently many volunteers and local groups, with their love for sewing, have created beautiful works of art in the form of blankets and throws for patients at Trinity Health System, the AIM Women's Center and Jefferson County Children Services. The blankets are distributed to these facilities for children experiencing trauma.
The third-annual National Make a Blanket Day was observed on Feb. 18 at the Main Street Gallery in Toronto and sponsored by the Jefferson County Project LINUS, a nonprofit organization with a mission of providing a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through gifts of handmade blankets and afghans.
Knit-ins have been held in the area for a few years now and have seen much success. Hopefully the events will continue to grow in popularity.
But we know that members of the area's sewing and knitting groups are no strangers to helping anyone with a need. The groups typically work on creating wearables that are donated to service organizations or community causes.
They create and then send scarves and caps to Afghanistan, which soldiers then give to children there. They've also created afghans for shut-ins or abused and neglected children and support the birthing center at Trinity Medical Center West.
And the invitation is always open to anyone who would like to join one of the yarn ministries. Participation also is welcomed in form of monetary donations to the are LINUS groups, as well as materials for the creation of blankets.
We're sure every stitch in whatever sewing project is being created will be appreciated by its recipients. After all, they're created with love by some very caring people.
Just as one area volunteer state, "Just like Linus from the cartoon 'Peanuts,' these blankets provide a sense of security to those who need it."