IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- For children especially, a blanket can symbolize security, comfort, and most importantly, love.
A group named after a comic-strip character brought nearly 200 blankets to the young patients at University of Iowa Children's Hospital.
"You don't need pins, it's so easy" So easy in a way, and yet they make a warm world of difference.
Blankets for pediatric patients at University of Iowa Children's Hospital.
"We give these to children with life threatening diseases," group organizer Kizzy Marcos said.
Marcos heard about a group called Project Linus, as in the Peanuts character, and she decided to start a chapter of her own.
"Linus carries a blanket, which is a comfort and security for him, and so we hope to provide the same sort of feeling to the children who receive the blankets," she said.
Marcos wasn't sure how many people would show up to the event, and felt happily shocked to see dozens who cared enough to come.
"It's cool because it's fun," student Heidi S said. "Fun to do, it just makes you feel good making a blanket because you think 'oh it's so cool, this looks so cool a little kid will have this.'"
The group delivered nearly 200 blankets. Child life specialists at the hospital wrote Project Linus a note expressing enthusiastic thanks on behalf of the children for this tangible confirmation that someone cares about them.
"It's just something I do for fun, thinking this will make somebody happy, then you don't realize how much of an impact it was until you get that feedback and see 'Wow,' you actually made a difference."
"Just like Linus, every little kid has a stuffed animal or blanket they take everywhere, and since these kids can't go anywhere, to have something warm and soft and sort of sensory is I think a really great thing for them," Marcos said.
A warm reminder of how little it takes to make a difference, and how those "little things" are really the big things.
Group leader Kizzy Marcos says she cannot wait to organize another project next year.
To learn more about Project Linus, click here.
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