Meadow Vista Girl Scouts make blankets for children in need
The members of Girl Scout Troop 302 have spent the last six months making blankets for children in need.
The blankets – 139 of them – will be donated to Project Linus of Sacramento, which supplies homemade blankets to children in El Dorado, Sacramento and Placer counties. The blankets go to children in foster care and hospitals, and to the homeless.
“We’re helping people,” explained 10-year-old Linn Tjornhom, of Auburn. “We’re giving people who don’t have homes and stuff blankets for warmth and to snuggle with.”
Using the proceeds from cookie sales, eight members of the Meadow Vista troop were given $40 for buying materials. Each girl made four blankets and rallied friends and family members to put their sewing skills to charitable use, as well.
The blanket project helped the girls earn their Bronze Award for community service.
“In order to earn the Bronze Award, you have to do a project that helps your community, and do at least 20 hours of work,” said 10-year-old Isabel Mulay, of Meadow Vista. “Of course, we’ve done a lot more than that. We have a lot of hours!”
The blankets range from small, silk-lined blankets for babies to larger fleece blankets for teenagers. The girls pieced and sewed them by hand, in some instances decoratively tying the end pieces for a colorful fringed look.
“There are some children out there who don’t have very many things,” Isabel said. “They deserve to at least have a blanket to sleep with.”
Troop leader Bonny Starr said she and the other parents are immensely proud of the troop.
“They have worked so hard, and they have just really embraced the concept of doing something for other kids who don’t have as much as they do,” Starr said. “That has been a really good thing. Not only are they learning a skill, they’ve learned how to sew, they’ve learned how to plan, how to communicate, how to budget.”
Locally, the blankets will be sent to the Acres of Hope housing program in Applegate, the Sheriff’s Office and more. More than 20 people made blankets for the project, Starr said.
“Some people did one, some people did eight,” she said. “It was really cool to see the measure of your friends and family.”