Lisa Allen is the coordinator for the Lubbock chapter of Project Linus, an organization that makes handmade blankets to send to children in need.
Any child who has suffered illness, tragedy or physical trauma is eligible to receive a blanket. Lisa says the bond between a child and a lovingly-made blanket is something she has known her entire life.
When she was born, Lisa received a handmade blanket from her great-grandmother - a family tradition for every newborn baby. Her father was in the armed forces, so she had to move around constantly as a child.
"The only thing that remained the same was that blanket," Lisa recalled.
She turned to that blanket every time things got tough. She wrapped herself up and felt her great-grandmother's love in every stitch. Now she's trying to give children in need that same feeling.
"It's such a warm feeling for them for them to know that someone cared enough for them to make a blanket - to help them through their time of need and that they continue to feel the love long after," Lisa said.
Lisa says she usually delivers around 100 blankets a month throughout the Texas Panhandle and South Plains, but the past few months she has done extra because of tragedies that affected our nation and West Texas.
"We've done extra for a Halloween Party at Covenant Hospital, we did quite a few extra to send to the east coast for hurricane victims, and I will be driving down to Midland to help families affected by the train accident," she said.
Project Linus allows very young children to create artwork that is attached to the quilts, so that one child contributes to making a quilt to help out another in need.
The local chapter of Project Linus is always looking for donations of fabric, blanket tops, and money to help ease the cost of shipping.
You can find more details on their website www.lubbock-project-linus.org.
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