Blanket Project delivers comfort and support


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As part of the Fallbrook Blanket Project, twin-sized blankets and many hats are presented to Just In Time for Foster Youth by Gena Smith, president of the St Peter's Church crochet group, left, to Isaac and Fitia, Aug. 29, 2019.

FALLBROOK – The non-profit Fallbrook Blanket Project has donated several hundred knitted and crocheted items to local and North County charities in the past seven months although donating has always been ongoing.

All of the following items are crocheted and knitted by many different women in the area, most of whom come to the free Hooks and Needles group which meets at the Fallbrook Library every Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. The group is most grateful to the library for providing the space for these sessions.

Besides the groups pictured, the recipients include Women's Resource, a women's shelter in Oceanside, which was given 11 specialty items for fundraising purposes and seven items for their clients, July 30, 2019. In August, seven lap blankets, including two Alzheimer's blankets* were donated to Fallbrook Skilled Nursing Facility on Potter Street while 24 afghans and lap blankets were given to Silvergate's Memory Care Suite. [*Weighted blankets can reduce anxiety and calm nerves.]

Also in August, seven specialty afghans, lap blankets and layette sets were donated to REINS Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center for their October Hoedown fundraiser silent auction.

In September, several crocheted and knitted items were donated to the Fallbrook Land Conservancy for their silent auction fundraiser on Stagecoach Sunday. The following month saw 11 specialty items delivered to Solutions for Change , a women's shelter in Vista, for the silent auction at their upcoming gala fundraiser. In addition over 40 items, including twin sized blankets, afghans, hats, dolls, scarves and 15 baby blankets were given for shelter clients.

In November, the Fallbrook Senior Center received 45 items to be given to participants in the home meal delivery program. An additional 15 items were donated in December as requested.

Also in November, Armed Services YMCA at Camp Pendleton was given a large donation of 49 various kinds and sizes of crocheted items including baby blankets and booties, children's hats and cuddle blankets to be distributed to enlisted personnel with families. Over 40 blankets,scarves and other items were also given to this worthy cause in December.

Also in December, 31 items including shawls were donated. The center chose to share many of these with the Mary Phillips Senior Center in Temecula. Exhibiting two of the blankets are Carmen Willard and Keith Birkfeld, executive director of the Foundation for Senior Care.

In January, the Mary Phillips Senior Center in Temecula was given 14 lap blankets and afghans while Brother Benno's Center in Oceanside received 60 hats for the homeless, created and given by Nafisa Rezayee.

This month, the Fallbrook Skilled Nursing Facility accepted only a few lap blankets and shawls for some of their clients as they still had several blankets on hand from the Blanket Project donation made last August.

The latest Blanket Project donation was made Feb. 13 to Deeper Still, an international program providing retreats in Valley Center for those grieving due to past abortions. The 30 small baby blankets were requested by Karen Renoso, director, to be given to participants in future retreats.

Yarn and monetary donations are always needed and welcome. To donate or for more information Carmen Willard can be reached at (314) 803-0986.

Submitted by the Fallbrook Blanket Project.

Fallbrook Blanket Project president Carmen Willard, center, delivers 26 afghans, lap blankets, shawls and pillows to the staff of Michelle's Place - Cancer Resource Center in Temecula, from left, Tiffany, Teri, Willard, Varsha and Jess, Oct. 27, 2019.


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