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Young Volunteers Enjoy Bringing Comfort to Cancer Patients by Making Cozies 4 Chemo Blankets at Berkeley Heights YMCA Service Day

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Abby, Lani, and Rachel Mustacchi volunteered at BH YMCA on Jan. 15 for MLK Service Day. Along with 37 other volunteers, the group made 15 COZE blankets for patients undergoing chemotherapy.
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We are doing this to help people with cancer and going through chemotherapy. We are tying the blankets together, adding, so there is some comfort while they are going through therapy. Credits: Bobbie Peer
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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights YMCA hosted a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day where 40 volunteers donated their time making 15 Cozies 4 Chemo blankets. These blankets are hand tied fleece blankets that are made for cancer patients going through chemotherapy. 

Cozies 4 Chemo was started by a Mt. Laurel teen, Meghan Vizzard in 2012. She came up with the idea when her cousin was undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Cozies 4 Chemo has grown over the years and many organizations participate. They typically ship the blankets, however, when possible, they will deliver the blankets in-person.

This is the third year the Berkeley Heights YMCA has participated in Cozies 4 Chemo as their day of service project for MLK Jr. Day. Tiffany Escott, Executive Director of the Berkeley Heights YMCA, said they expanded the program to include the community this year. Local Girl Scouts, Berkeley Heights Rotary Members and families came out to volunteer their time. 

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There is a lot of opportunity for young people to get involved. When TAPinto asked the Girl Scouts why they were volunteering their time for this project, a Girl Scout said, "We are doing this to help people with cancer and going through chemotherapy. We are tying the blankets together." Another Girl Scout added, "So there is some comfort while they are going through therapy."

Two years ago we made blankets for people in our community that were going through chemo treatments at the time, said Escott. "This year, the blankets will go across the United States."

The supplies for the project were donated by the Berkeley Heights YMCA.

To learn more about Cozies 4 Chemo visit their website www.cozies4chemo.org and visit their Facebook pate at www.facebook.com/cozies4chemo.

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