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.
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.