The Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation has referrals of about twenty children a month who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. As part of an extensive outreach program, each child receives a new blanket. Those blankets are donated by the community.
When members of the Warm Springs Stake found out about the needs of these childhood cancer patients, they sprang into action. In April, the Stake Relief Society Presidency issued the “Linus Project” challenge to every woman and young woman in the stake. They were asked to make hand-made blankets; from receiving blankets to lap blankets to twin bed quilts, and everything in between. They could be tied, quilted, fleece, or self-binding, or whatever the women could create. The NCCF was hoping for fifty quilts.
True to form, when Latter-day Saint women are encouraged by love and a good cause, their kindness and generosity know no limits.
The youth began their blanket-making first. At youth conference, they heard a presentation and saw a slide show from NCCF CEO Jeff Gordon. Then they went to work on their service project. Net result: 188 blankets donated!
The women worked all summer, and the quilts began to be collected in September.
There were hundreds of quilts from the ten wards and the Spanish Branch of the stake. The women were invited to bring all remaining quilts to the Stake Center to watch the Relief Society General Broadcast.
The whole building displayed the donated quilts. They covered the stage, the walls of the cultural hall, and the halls of the building. The final tally from the women: 658 quilts and blankets!
Far exceeding the NCCF’s expectations, the Warm Springs Stake donated quilts and blankets of every size and type in an outpouring of love for sick children. The sisters asked, “What can we do?” and their efforts will bless the lives of hundreds of Heavenly Father’s children with a little homemade love.