CARROLLWOOD – A beautiful handmade purple and green quilt from a group of middle school students will provide the gift of comfort to a child in need.
The 11 members of the Linus Club at Corbett Preparatory School of IDS recently completed the quilt, which they are donating to an infant, child or teen through the local chapter of Project Linus. Project Linus — named for the Peanuts character and his trustworthy blanket — provides new handmade blankets or afghans to children who are seriously ill or have experienced trauma.
Besides physical warmth, the gifts also can make children feel more secure. As the recipients wrap themselves in the blankets, they will know that someone has thought about and cared for them.
The process of making the blankets is rewarding for the Linus Club members as well. Few of the Corbett Prep students in the club knew how to sew before they joined. Working on a quilt gave them a chance to learn and practice sewing techniques while doing something kind for others.
Families loaned sewing machines to use, and Middle School Division Leader Betty George donated the fabric. The club started last year and has already completed three quilts to give to Project Linus. Members hope to create a quilt this spring for the national “Quilts of Valor” project for veterans.
“It’s a really fun way to learn how to sew and to help the community,” said 11-year-old Kara Kivenas, a sixth-grader.
The Linus Club members who worked on the quilt are: Zoe Adkins, Clarissa Dixon, Elicia Drew, Sophe Dunnivant, Emma Eaton, Kara Kivenas, Megan Mason-Porter, Isabela Mocsari, Hollie Perry, Isabella Rivera and Solana Rostick.
For more information on Corbett Prep, call (813) 961-3087.