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Nearly 500 Blankets Distributed to Children’s Resource Center

LVC collected almost 500 blankets for the Children's Resource Center.

Providing comfort to children brought together the Lebanon Valley College campus, neighboring community, an area school district, and a local business owner. The Blankets of Love project benefits the Children’s Resource Center, a local advocacy organization, that gives children blankets to reduce trauma and aid in healing.

LVC students have made no-sew fleece blankets for the past two years. Still, but after recent child abuse cases in the community, President James MacLaren challenged students, faculty, and staff to make and donate 250 blankets in the weeks leading up to the College’s annual Symposium on Inclusive Excellence.

“Our students have volunteered their time and talents in many ways and with so many community partners. As the nature of service is often hands-on, this year has been challenging.  The blanket project provides a way for us to serve safely and in an impactful way,” said MacLaren. “This service project and partner is particularly poignant as we have seen that no community is immune from child abuse.”

By uniting the campus and spreading the message, the project finished with 481 blankets in three weeks, with many coming from students, faculty, and staff. Fourteen of the Flying Dutchmen athletic squads showed their spirit and made almost 200 blankets.

Along with LVC, the Annville-Cleona School District played a major role with numerous student clubs from the high school making almost 100 blankets. The Art Club, Dutchmen for Christ, Family Consumer Science Class, Health Careers Club, Key Club, and National Honor Society participated under organizational coordination from club advisors and the school’s social workers.

More inspiring stories include contributions from two 4-H clubs, a Girl Scout troop, and a high school student from Middletown, Pa., who saw the story online and delivered eight blankets to campus.

Special thanks to John Myers, owner of the Subway restaurants in Annville and Cleona, who offered his location as drop-off sites for community members.

Jen Liedtka ’92, M’00, LVC’s coordinator of service and volunteerism, spearheaded the project.

Blanket-making will continue through the spring semester. Find no-sew blanket directions here, and learn more about getting involved.