In the summer of 2003 four very remarkable young women, graduating seniors from the Cincinnati area, adopted Project Linus as their Senior Service Project for Indian Hill High School.
Jane Corcoran, Lyndsay Coldwell, Deeksha Vishwamitra, and Lauren Steinmann far exceeded expectations with their outstanding work for Cincinnati children. Working as a group, these teens made over fifty blankets for children and four teen bed quilts for Lighthouse Youth Crisis Center. None of the girls were quilters; some had never used a sewing machine before this project. They also held a Beanie Baby drive, collecting stuffed animals to be tucked in side of all Project Linus blankets delivered to children.
Their outreach spread to involving younger children in helping Project Linus too. They held a bake sale to raise funds to buy fabric and then taught Girl Scout Troops to make blankets. Project Linus received even more beautiful blankets and the Scouts earned badges in the process. The girls spread the word and more blankets and more volunteers came to our organization. The local chapter is still receiving calls from new Scout Troops wanting to participate in Project Linus next year.
This is outstanding work, considering that most of it was accomplished during their Senior year, and within a couple of months of meeting with their advisor for the first time.