ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- With social distancing in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many may find that knitting, crocheting, and sewing is a good way to relax and keep busy. Those blankets can serve as a source of comfort for seriously ill, hospitalized or traumatized children through Project Linus a 25-year-old national organization with a local chapter to help provide cozy comfort to kids.
According to Mental Health America, knitting can help reduce feelings of loneliness, isolation, depression and anxiety which many are currently experiencing in this public health crisis. Knitting also can lower blood pressure, slow onset of dementia, and distract from chronic pain.
"Even in this time of fear and uncertainty, people still want to be able to help each other," said Michele, the Project Linus Mercer County chapter coordinator. "Creating blankets for Project Linus during this time of social distancing can give us purpose and still allow us to be thinking of and helping some of our most vulnerable populations."
Project Linus volunteers collect blankets and distribute them through local charities to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or "anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug." Knitted or crocheted blankets should be at least 36 x 36 inches.
Blanket drop-off locations throughout the state can be found at the Project Linus website.
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