With an eye on making an impact in the local community, the Radford cross country, track & field and women’s lacrosse programs partnered with Project Linus to make blankets for those in need on September 23.
Project Linus is a non-profit organization based out of Belton, Missouri that was founded in 1995 and has since spread its operation all over the world. Their mission, first and foremost, is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gift of new handmade blankets and afghans.
Under Director Brent Chumbley, Radford track & field has now crafted blankets alongside Project Linus for 11 straight years. With the help of lacrosse coaches Haley Marvine, Julia Heaps and the entire women’s lacrosse team, Radford athletics was able to make 55 blankets in the span of one hour.
“Project Linus was a great opportunity to work together with our track & field athletes to provide blankets for children right here in the NRV,” glowed Coach Marvine. “It’s an awesome cause and we were happy to do our part.”
Project Linus has delivered 6,559,984 blankets to children all over the world, making an impact on those who need it most.
“For the 11th year in a row we have been lucky enough to team up with Project Linus NRV to help provide blankets for the New River Valley hospitals,” Chumbley said. “Penny Sweet and the rest of the women from Project Linus do an amazing job helping our teams give back to the community. I also want to thank Coach Marvine and the lacrosse team for joining us this year.”
If you reside in the New River Valley area and want to get involved in this great cause, Project Linus NRV will be hosting a Make-A-Blanket Day on October 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Grove Methodist Church.
For more information on the Linus Project, visit projectlinus.org.