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Lakeland Athletes Turn out Blankets


HOWARDS GROVE, Wis. (WHBL) - More than 200 Lakeland College student-athletes teamed up for an all-athletic department community service project Sunday night to make blankets for the Sheboygan County chapter of Project Linus.  A portion of the Wehr Center Fieldhouse was turned into a production facility filled with music, pizza and the spirit of service as the Muskies became “blanketeers” for a few hours.   By the time they were done, more than 170 fleece blankets were produced and donated to Project Linus, a national nonprofit which provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort in the form of a new, handmade blanket to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need.   The local Project Linus chapter receives between 1,200-1,500 blankets a year from volunteers. Local chapter organizer Mary Yurk said donations often come from churches or school groups, but they’re generally in small quantities.   “This has never happened where we get so many blankets as a result of one night of work,” Yurk said. “This is incredible. So many lives are going to be touched by these students doing this, and their lives are going to be touched, too. The best blankets we get are made by young people because they want to truly make a difference.”