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Chappaqua Children Make Blankets for Charity

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – With the help of students at Roaring Brook Elementary School, a warm winter will become even warmer for nearly a dozen homeless and hospitalized children throughout Westchester.

About 30 students involved in Roaring Brook’s Seasons of Giving group gathered in the school’s gym on Wednesday to make blankets that will be donated to Project Linus. The organization, which borrows its name from the Charlie Brown cartoon character, collects blankets for children in need.

“You should really proud of yourselves. You’re helping out children that don’t have a lot,” parent Lauren Saffron told the children. “In this area in Westchester, there are people that don’t have homes.”

Each blanket consisted of two pieces of fabric that students helped tie together. Several students, along with parent volunteers, made cuts in the fabric ahead of time.

Earlier in the school year, the group also wrote letters of thanks to military members and donated Christmas presents to shelters. The group consists of students from every grade in the school.

“The idea of this organization is to make the kids feel like they’re making an impact,” said Saffron. “Sometimes they just do collection boxes and they never see the end result. So we want to try to bring them the end result.”

Following the Project Linus donations, the group will begin collecting non-perishable foods to donate to a food pantry. “We’re bringing it to that food pantry. We’re gonna have the kids actually see the food pantry and put the food on the shelves,” said Saffron.

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