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Schoolchildren helping Project Linus

By Bob Schaper

McFARLAND (WKOW) -- Just because it's getting warmer outside, it can still be cold for children in hospitals.

27 News visited with some McFarland third graders Friday, who are doing their part to keep kids warm.

"Project Linus" has been going strong for 15 years all across the United States. Volunteers have made more than 30,000 blankets for local pediatric patients.

Every single third grader at Waubesa Intermediate pitched in by making and then giving away quilts. This is the seventh year that Waubesa's participated in the project... and once, they even gave a blanket to a classmate who was in the hospital.

Waubesa Intermediate School teacher Patricia Dahl says, "Some of these kids have actually received blankets in the past. So they've actually been in intensive care units or they've visited kids in hospitals. So they've had that actual personal connection."

"You know, obviously, a hospital's not a great place to be. There's things that happen here that's going to hurt them. But hopefully this helps. So they can feel comfortable in their own bed. And they know that their bed is a safe place," says Collen Kass, a St. Mary's hospital nurse.

One of the area hospitals that benefits from Project Linus is St. Mary's, which gets 120 quilts every month.

If you're interested in donating a blanket or even some money to Project Linus, you can visit the local chapter's website.

Project Linus is named after the peanuts character who always carried his security blanket with him wherever he went.

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