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Blankets for Kids Project

"Volunteers' Blankets Warm Hospital's Littlest Patients"

What: Blankets for Kids Project
Where: Rutgers University, Busch Campus, Piscataway, NJ
When: any/and every day
To volunteer, please call 732-445-2429

Blankets for Kids Project which officially started less than a year ago, is looking for volunteers to help make blankets for babies/children in Robert Wood Johnson Children's Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The blankets donated to the hospital are distributed through the hospital's Child Life Office

The project a grass-roots initiative at Rutgers is the brainchild of Rhona Zabolinsky and Gayle Stein, along with Lorraine Krisanits and other volunteers decided to make blankets in various sizes and fabrics to donate to babies/children. So far, we have recruited between 11 -15 individuals to particiapte in the group.

We crochet in our spare time and also a small group meets at lunchtime each day to work on the project. A larger group meets ever Friday at the Busch Faculty/Staff Dining Hall to work on the project.

Current ptojects the group is working on include: blankets/hats for preemies, blankets and hats for babies, larger blankets for youths and full-size blankets for teens.

We try to provide the yarn and fabric to the volunteers for use. When we purchase the yarn we buy 4 ply knitting worsted weight. Lion brand is one of our favorites that we purchase at one of our local craft stores.

We try to donate 250 blankets/hats each time we donate.
Our first donation was December 03.
Our next donation was March 04.
We are getting ready to make our next donation.
We also have 2 more donations planned for this year

If you require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Rhona Zabolinsky

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