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October 7, 2013

To the staff of Lion Brand,

I first got involved with the Hazel Helping Hands program, or as we call it around here the DYFS Blanket project. DYFS is the state organization that when it is needed children are removed from a place that is not good for them and put in foster care for their safety. The DYFS program is something I have been doing for about 4 years now taking over fully after Stephanie needed to pass it on. I put out a call in my community (Cumberland County) to collect 12" x 12" squares, The yarn used most often is Lion Brand’s Vanna White worsted weight. It is easier for the yarn used to be acrylic and Vanna White’s worsted weight is perfect. The help from my community has been wonderful I have several women in their mid eighties that get their yarn from me and bring back beautify stitched squares, crocheted & knitted. They really like the good feelings they get for knowing how important their help is with this project. Then with the help of Emma there are groups who work at putting the squares together in 4' x 6' blankets. I also have the help of both Millville and Downe Township seniors who put squares together, make completed blankets, infant blankets and most importantly sew up oversize pillowcases for me. I collect the squares all year. It makes it easier on the women putting the squares together. We need blankets for girls & boys so the colors reflect that. As Emma says, her group love’s making stories with the squares that are put together. I am always open to accepting more 12” x 12” squares. I have a friend who sends me two boxed a year with 24 squares crocheted up in Vann’s yarns. Last year we got out to DYFS only 60 blankets because I moved my shop from Bridgeton to Millville. In earlier years we got out over 100 blankets and that is our goal for this year. Another important issue is, our blankets are for the children of Cumberland County who in a time of need get something that belongs to them.

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