Saturday, February 19, 2011

Crafting for a cause or for fun

Crafting during these Cape Cod winter days, is a great way to spend time when the wind is gusting over 30 knots and the chill off the ocean makes you seek refuge inside.  The arts and crafts are thriving here on the Cape and what is better then doing a craft and helping out a great cause at the same time.
It turns out that Cape Cod Cooperative Bank is helping to support one of these great crafting for a cause programs: Project Linus (yes that's Linus like in Charlie Brown).  Project Linus was started in 1995, to provide seriously ill or traumatized children with warmth and security through the gift of handmade afghans and blankets.  You can read more about project Linus here.
Susan Provencher is the Cape Cod Coordinator for Project Linus and is also the branch manager for Cape Cod Cooperative Bank in Yarmouth Port.  In December 2010, The Cape Cod Cooperative Bank helped deliver 200 handmade blankets to Child and Family Services of Cape Cod.  These blankets were part of 2010's Make A Blanket Day drive that Cape Cod Cooperative Bank held last year. 
Feb 19, 2011 (the day of this posting) is Make A Blanket Day - held each year on the third Sunday in February.  If you want to donate a new homemade blanket, please contact Project Linus.  They have a few specific health and safety guidelines for Acceptable Blankets which are: "A Project Linus blanket is a new, handmade, washable blanket.  Please insure that your blankets are free from smoky smells or any chemicals, which could cause problems for a child. While we love creativity, please do not use embellishments such as buttons, glitter, beads or sequins,as these may pose a danger to the child."
With February vacation week at hand what's more fun then taking your kids to some crafting events.  Check out the Brewster Ladies’ Library on February 21 at 10:30 am and make a floss or yarn friendship bracelet to wear on your wrist or ankle. Make one for yourself and one to give to a friend to show you care. Ages 4 and up. Admission is free and children and parents are welcome to attend.

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