Davenport looking for ‘blanketeers’

FLINT TWP. — Davenport University’s Flint Campus is in need of 100 volunteers to help make no-sew blankets in observance of the 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

The no-sew blankets will be donated to Project Linus, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing “security through blankets” for ill or traumatized children and teens. The organization is named after the lovable, blanket-wielding character in Charles Shultz’s Peanuts cartoon.

Davenport U – Flint is part of the College Town Collaborative, a group dedicated to community service and engaging students from the five colleges and universities in Flint.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 20, at Davenport University, 4318 Miller Road, Volunteers, aka “blanketeers,” will cut fleece material, tie fringes on crib blankets and compose handwritten notes to accompany the blankets. Light refreshments will be served.

The MLK Day of Service, spearheaded by The Corporation for National and Community Service, is a part of United We Serve, President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative. It asks Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

The day is predicated on a quote by Dr. King who once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Project Linus based in Bloomington, Illinois began circa 1995, inspired by a courageous little girl stricken with leukemia whose special “blankie” helped her get through more than two years of intensive chemotherapy. Details: Call 810-396-3635 or by email at wmitchell@davenport.edu. R.S.

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