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February 12, 2013

GLEN MILLS, PA - It's cold outside, but some stellar seniors at the Maris Grove retirement community are working to warm hearts of children with their talent and compassion.
Members of the Maris Grove Blanket Circle a.k.a. The Blanketeers packaged up nearly 150 colorful handmade blankets they knitted and crocheted, which are going to children who are part of the Delaware County Head Start Program. The organization will in turn hand these blankets to children as a way to provide comfort. The Blanketeers has promised to make 1,100 blankets to the county Head Start program.
Since the inception of blanket making by this group in 2008 by these 125 or so dedicated women, they have created a whopping 3,739 blankets for more than 25 different PA organizations.
Blanket Circle Coordinator Frankie Moses said, "We hope our Project Linus blankets bring a sense of caring and security to the special needs children who receive them.  We know that we, the knitters and crocheters creating blankets for them, bring us a sense of purpose and joy."
The Blanketeers are members of the Chester/Delaware County National Project Linus Chapter. This Maris Grove club had its inception on September 2, 2008 by coordinator Ms. Moses. Project Linus is a non-profit national organization whose mission is to offer some comfort and a sense of security to children who are seriously ill because they are physically and mentally fragile.
Ms. Moses used her experience as the founder and coordinator of a National Project Linus chapter in Florida when she moved to Maris Grove where she organized the club, a group of knitter and crocheters.
The Blanket Circle meet weekly all year round and almost half of the membership attend. Finished blankets are collected and anywhere from 20 - 45 are turned in and recorded each week.
The blankets are afghans, quilts, and trimmed fleece blankets in all sizes. A quilt, made by Blanketeer Barbara Hoover, is a wall hanging in the Crozer/Chester Medical Center's Pediatric Unit in acknowledgement of the 207 blankets the Blanketeers donated to the hospital in the past two years.
The cost of each blanket is approximately seven dollars and the group does not ask the Blanketeers to pay for any materials - they create "ruffle scarves" which they sell at Maris Grove and beyond. The proceeds provide the funding for materials.
Head Start promotes school readiness for children, ages three to five, in low-income families by offering educational, nutritional, health, social and other services. Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.
Nationally, over 22 million children have attended Head Start programs since 1965.  
About Maris Grove:  Maris Grove is situated on a scenic 87 acre campus in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania.  The community is home to approximately 1,300 residents, many of which reside in the 1033 independent living apartment-style homes.  Life at Maris Grove offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community.  Additional information about Maris Grove can be found at

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