By William Tauro
This past Monday over one hundred fifty Somerville Council on Aging seniors were treated to a very special belated St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon replacing a prior date that was snowed out during last month’s snow emergency.
The event was held at the Winter Hill Yacht Club and was hosted by the Mayor, Council of Aging, Chief of Police David Fallon and the Superior Officers Union with Guest speaker District Attorney Ryan.
Chief of Police David Fallon addressed the crowd and introduced his entire command staff and spoke to the seniors on various services that they provide and what’s available to the seniors as well as updating them on tremendous progress that has been made in the city.
District Attorney Ryan spoke briefly about the City of Somerville’s Council on Aging and how it has partnered with Project Linus.
Project Linus’s Mission is to Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
Project Linus National Headquarters is located in Belton, Missouri. National President Patty Gregory and Vice President Mary Balagna direct and orchestrate the activities of Project Linus chapters located across the United States. Patty has been involved with the organization in the Kansas City area since April 2000 and Mary in Central Illinois since late 1998, as chapter coordinators and now as directors and officers. Mary also maintains a very busy chapter, donating an average of 350 blankets every month to local children. With chapters in all 50 states, Project Linus continues to grow. Blankets are collected locally and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug.
Rarely a month goes by that Project Linus is not featured in a national magazine or program. Parade, People, Reader’s Digest, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal, Quiltmaker, Quilters Newsletter, Guidepost, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, Woman’s Day and many others have helped to spur interest. You may have seen or heard segments about Project Linus on the NBC Nightly News, Today Show, or even your local newscasts.
Somerville seniors have already pledged the first 200 quilted blankets to the project.
Project Linus here is the link: https://www.projectlinus.org/