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Published on November 30, 2012

The Blanket Circle at Maris Grove Has Crozer Children Covered

The Blanket Circle at the Maris Grove Retirement Community in Glen Mills has produced 3,325 afghans, fleece blankets and cotton quilts as gifts for special needs children in hospitals through a program called Project Linus. Many of the items are donated to Crozer-Chester Medical Center to benefit pediatric patients.

Blanket Donation

The "blanketeers" with Wendy Dargay at Maris Grove.

Project Linus has a mission “to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are physically and mentally challenged, seriously ill, homeless, abused or otherwise in need, through the gift of new, washable handmade afghans and blankets created by volunteer Blanketeers.” The Blanket Circle at Maris Grove began in 2008. The “blanketeers” are all members of the Chester/Delaware County National Project Linus chapter.

Frankie Moses, co-coordinator of The Blanket Circle at Maris Grove, arranges to have the blankets delivered throughout Delaware Valley hospitals. Crozer and the Blanket Circle maintain a special bond and work together to bring comfort to our area’s smallest patients.

Recently, Crozer-Chester Medical Center received a special donation from the Blanket Circle at Maris Grove. A large quilt that the organization auctioned off was donated back to the group from the auction winner, who had recently lost her son in a hit-and-run accident. The Blanket Circle was told by the auction winner to give the quilt to a business or institution that has a profound, positive effect on the community.

“We are happy to provide donations to hospitals like Crozer to help a child feel that sense of warmth and comfort,” said Moses.

Dargay has worked closely with these talented volunteers for the past three years to provide blankets for the children in the pediatric department, neonatal unit, or the burn treatment center.  

“The Blanket Circle is a wonderful group of ladies that truly care about providing comfort for our patients,” says Wendy Dargay, recreational therapist at Crozer. “We are grateful to work with them and receive the blankets they give to us. We truly appreciate the hard work that goes into each quilt.”

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