When I was a child, I had a “blankey.” It was not cute, but it especially was not cute after being dragged all over the place. Some sort of negotiation process usually took place for me to surrender my beloved “blankey” to the washing machine.
It was pale yellow and thin with rayon edges. The edges of my blanket repeatedly detached, but my mother is a saint and would continuously sew the edges back on for me. If the blanket could talk it would have probably said, “I’m tired.”
I would watch episodes of Peanuts as a child and would empathize with Linus. He loved his blanket, too. It made me happy to know that I was not the only child who had a security blanket. The truth is I am not alone because millions of children have a security blanket that they rely on during their childhood.
Today, my tough little blanket is draped across the foot board of my bed. It serves as a memory of a time when my fears consisted of monsters under the bed and shadows on the wall. However, some children do not have a security blanket and they are facing what might be the toughest time in their young lives. This season, Creative Discovery Museum is proud to collaborate with Project Linus as part of our Helping Hands exhibit. Project Linus is an organization that makes and collects blankets and distributes them to children in crises.
This project is unique because the entire family can participate in a worthy cause at Creative Discovery Museum. Locally, the blankets are donated to Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, American Red Cross, and Angel Ambulance Service.
For the project, the Museum will provide all the materials and a volunteer to instruct families on how to make a blanket. Our next session is Saturday, December 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and is included with paid admission to the Museum. To read more about this project, please visit www.cdmfun.org. Give the gift of “comfort and joy” to a child this season by making a blanket at Creative Discovery Museum.