FREEPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A national non-profit dedicated to helping children in crisis has reached an important milestone here in Maine.
Project Linus has been in York and Cumberland Counties for the past three years. The organization collects quilts and blankets to give to children who have developed serious illness or have gone through traumatic events.
Several volunteers were at Cotton Weeds Quilt Shop in Freeport Saturday making quilts and blankets to distribute to local organizations such as Barbara Bush and Spring Harbor hospitals.
In the three years Project Linus has been in York and Cumberland Counties, it has distributed more than 5,000 blankets to children in need.
"It gives them a sense of something that's entirely for them. There's no question as to who's blanket it is. In fact, many of the facilities let the child pick their own blanket, and at Spring Harbor, they actually include that as part of their therapy," Project Linus Coordinator Melodie Provost said.
Project Linus has many other coordinators in counties throughout Maine. For more information, about Project Linus, click here.