Mimi Stringham of Springfield loves to quilt and enjoys being able to share her creations with others. She has recently finished nine quilts to donate to the Linus Project which is a national volunteer organization that provides handmade quilts and crocheted and knitted afghans to "provide security through blankets" to young people from newborn babies to 18 year olds.
From their national website www.ProjectLinus.org, their mission statement gives the basic premise of what they are doing. - "It is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers."
A second mission purpose "is to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children."
The organization has distributed over three million blankets to children in need since its inception in 1995.
Stringham is one of the local "blanketeers" and has delivered her donations to Christine Cathcart, Project Linus Coordinator for the Vermont Windham County Chapter. Cathcart can be contacted at 365-4704 or at www.oldefarmhouse.net
For a video that will air on SAPA TV - Springfield Area Public Television, Stringham showed her quilts and explained the process of designing them with the various patterns and colors. She was able to use many donated fabrics to integrate them with material from her own quilter's stash. She encouraged other sewers and knitters to join in the group's volunteer efforts.
Besides actually making the items, there is always the opportunity for people to donate fabric and yarn that can be used by others such as Stringham when making the blankets. If you have material you would like to donate or would like to learn more about Linus Project, you can contact Mimi Stringham at 885-5265.