Project Linus blankets delivered to kids at St. Mary's

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) Kids who are admitted to the pediatrics unit at St. Mary's Hospital will be getting some handmade blankets thanks to Project Linus.

The Circle K Club and a group of students at CMU came together last November to make the blankets. Those blankets were dropped off at St. Mary's on Tuesday. Altogether, there were just under 50 delivered.

The nursing staff there said these blankets brighten up the days for the kids who get them.

"I think a blanket in the hospital setting is very comforting. They lay in their bed a lot of the time and...they have a warm blanket covering them with all that color instead of the boring blanket the hospital provides. I think it makes a big difference emotionally," said Choi Wong, a registered pediatric nurse.

Project Linus was started in Grand Junction by Kerrie and Mike Strausser. They saw firsthand the difference a blanket can make when their daughter got one when she was in the hospital in Denver.

The Circle K group at CMU is holding another blanket making event on March 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the Maverick Pavillion. The event is open to any and all who want to join.

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