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College of Idaho holds Project Linus blanket drive

Valentine’s Day is all about snuggling up and celebrating the season of love. And this month, The College of Idaho will share its love with the local community by helping make blankets for sick and underprivileged children through a Project Linus blanket drive at the Karcher Mall in Nampa.

“The best blankets are the ones that are made with love,” said C of I student Allyson Sander. “And what better way to share your love with the world than by making a blanket for someone who needs a little security in their lives?”

Feb. 14 is national “Make a Blanket” day, making the Project Linus drive a perfect fit for the holiday. The Karcher Mall drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (the C of I group will be on hand from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) in the mall lobby. All members of the C of I campus and Treasure Valley communities are welcome to participate in making and donating blankets. There also will be experienced personnel on hand to assist with sewing and tying fleece blankets. Approximately two yards of fleece are needed to tie one blanket, and supplies can be brought from home or purchased at a fabric store within the mall.

The C of I’s involvement in the project is inspired by the Theatre Department’s upcoming spring production “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” which hits the stage in April. “We felt it would be a good way to honor the Peanuts characters,” Sander said.

In addition to the Feb. 14 event, the C of I will accept Project Linus blankets at the McCain Student Center front desk through April 1. The blankets will be part of a competition to will be judged based upon the following categories: Best Overall, Best Charlie Brown Theme, Cast Favorite, Community Favorite, Best twin sized Blanket, Best Individually Constructed Blanket, Best Blanket Made by a Group, Best Blanket Submitted by a Club, and Best of Special Category. Winners will be announced during each performance of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” Prizes also will be awarded in each category.

For more information—including a list of blanket donation guidelines—visit www.linusidaho.org. For more information about the Feb. 14 event and C of I blanket drive, contact Allyson Sander at [email protected].

Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private liberal arts college. The C of I has a legacy of academic excellence, a winning athletics tradition and a history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars and 14 Marshall, Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.