Eastern New Mexico University students gathered together in the lobby of the Campus Union Building on Wednesday to help make blankets for children as part of Project Linus, a nationwide project dedicated to “providing security through blankets.”
Sponsored by the Associated Student’s Activities Board, materials were supplied and cut and sewn into child-friendly comforters.
Project Linus, named after the Peanuts comic strip character who carried a blue blanket, has distributed almost four million blankets across the U.S. since its inception in 1995, according to the project’s website.
With 368 chapters nationwide, Project Linus seeks to reach children who are ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need of a soft, comforting, warm blanket.
Many students said they felt compelled by civic duty to help make blankets for the children in need.
“I thought it was a good idea because we have blankets every night at our house and why not make some for some kids who don’t,” said Ashley Wolfe, a student volunteer.
“I’ve been really busy with school and having fun and I just thought I needed to do a good deed,” said Taylor Vigil, an ENMU sophomore.
As students made blankets, movies, television, and music were frequent topics of conversation as well as the who’s who of the college dating world.
“I felt that making blankets for the little babies is a good deed so, I’m trying to do my part,” said Sepha Reynolds.
Many students competed to see who could make their blankets the fastest.
“We want the students to have fun and meet new friends,” said Jordan Granger, the event’s organizer.
By the end of the night, ASAB had collected about 30 blankets from students.
“That’s why a lot of people are here, to know that they helped a kid,” said Amanda Palacio, a member of ASAB.