As you may have guessed, we really enjoy Disney World, so when the ad campaign came out late last year to “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day“, I thought I’d see if there was something we could do together to volunteer.
The process was easy; search through hundreds of opportunities all over the United States as well as Puerto Rico and Canada. Give a day of service, and get a free day at Disney. At $79 per ticket, that’s a deal for us. So we started hunting.
In Albion, Pennsylvania, we found Project Linus, whose mission is 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.” ”
How great is that?!
As I have a huge closet full of fabrics, lots of pairs of scissors and a sewing machine, we went to work. The Doctor and Little Miss cut out squares, and I’ve been sewing for a couple of weeks now in the evenings, piecing together quilts.
The Cabana Boy has pitched in supervising, and pinning fleece backs on the quilts. Little Miss is also my official cutter–as I put together strings of squares, she cuts the threads apart and gives them back to sew even longer strings. It suits her sense of order.
We’ve had a really good time, and we’ll be donating probably ten quilts total by the time we sew up all these squares.
You might have noticed I didn’t mention the Captain above. This is because like the immortal Bartleby, the Asperger’s child preferred not to. His exact words were “That sounds like too much work for one day.”
So we took him at his word. When we go to Florida later in the year, I expect he’ll stay here with a relative. The decision has typified his thought process of late; he doesn’t choose effort in any field, home, school or family. We hope by making him live with the natural consequences of his choices, maybe someday he’ll “get it.”
As I sew these bits of fabric together, I think about the children who might have them, and hope they can find the sense of love and family togetherness that we have, in creating them.
Barbara Bush said, “To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.”
Even if we can’t hug these children, these blankets can wrap around them and remind them they’re loved.
To find a chapter of Project Linus near you, see here.