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Aurora University students craft handmade blankets for kids

Natalie Jansen and Brooke Spencer, both seniors at Aurora University, help make blankets Thursday for children in need.

Natalie Jansen and Brooke Spencer, both seniors at Aurora University, help make blankets Thursday for children in need.

 

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Alecia Spangler, president of the Student Athletic Training Organization at Aurora University, and Nicki Pieart, an adviser with the university’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, fold a finished blanket Thursday to be given to a needy child through Project Linus. “It’s really great for the students to see a charity project that extends for a period of time,” Pieart said about the blanket-tying event, now in its 11th year. “It gets the organization and the students excited.”

Alecia Spangler, president of the Student Athletic Training Organization at Aurora University, and Nicki Pieart, an adviser with the university's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, fold a finished blanket Thursday to be given to a needy child through Project Linus. "It's really great for the students to see a charity project that extends for a period of time," Pieart said about the blanket-tying event, now in its 11th year. "It gets the organization and the students excited."

 

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Caitlin Phillips, Dani Hoag and Brittany Boulanger, all juniors at Aurora University, help make fleece blankets for needy children on Thursday.

Caitlin Phillips, Dani Hoag and Brittany Boulanger, all juniors at Aurora University, help make fleece blankets for needy children on Thursday.

 

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

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Aurora University students and employees came together Thursday for the 11th year of a project meant to provide warmth, security and comfort -- by way of blankets -- to children in hospitals and homeless shelters.

During the annual Blanket Lunch Hour, volunteer "blanketeers" cut and tied fleece pieces into 54-inch square blankets to be donated to the Carol Stream Chapter of Project Linus, a Bloomington-based nonprofit.

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Project Linus gives handmade blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or enduring other difficult situations.

At the event sponsored by the university's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Student Athletic Training Organization, volunteers turned out blankets decorated with baseballs, hearts, volleyballs and leopard-skin prints.

"It's really great for the students to see a charity project that extends for a period of time," said Nicki Pieart, an adviser with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. "It gets the organization and the students excited."

• Daily Herald photographer Bev Horne contributed to this report.

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