Project Linus volunteers gather up hand-made blankets for shipping to children in Japan who are traumatized by the recent earthquake and tsunami. From left are Diane Cecchini, Carol Sublett, Marty Rutan, Diane McGee, Brooke Brandow, Cindy Rice, and Kay Cunningham. Sue Cockrell/Enterprise photo

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213 hand-made blankets collected for Japan

By April 29, 2011

Project Linus of Yolo County, one of more than 370 chapters nationwide who serve children in need, committed to sending 200 blankets to the children of Japan and of the American families evacuated following the earthquake and tsunami.

“A big thank you goes to Scott Yoder, owner of the Pak Mail store in Oak Tree Plaza,” says Diane McGee, coordinator of the Project Linus of Yolo County chapter. “Scott was instrumental in getting this project completed.

“Scott donated boxes, shipping costs and his time in packing and transporting the 12 boxes of blankets. We couldn’t have done this without his help.”

Added McGee, “What an amazing community. We were notified by Project Linus Headquarters on March 23 that they were hoping to commit 10,000 blankets to this project. We pledged 200 blankets from our local chapter.

“An email was sent out our local group, articles were put in the newspaper and 35 days later, on April 27, 213 beautiful, hand-made blankets had been donated.”

In addition to the blankets, monetary contributions were requested from the community to help pay for the shipping costs over and above Yoder’s donation. The boxes were shipped to the Soldiers’ Angels in Texas, where they will be transported by the U.S. military.

For more information regarding Project Linus, contact McGee at [email protected] or (530) 753-3436.

Enterprise staff

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