24 January, 2007
MAHWAH, N.J. – In support of the Eighth Annual National Make a Blanket Day, leading sewing machine manufacturer Janome America is joining forces once again with non-profit organization Project Linus to gather new, handmade blankets for children in need of security, warmth and comfort. Over 200 Janome sewing machine dealers in over 40 states across the country will participate by conducting blanket-making workshops and serving as drop-off points for finished blankets, which Project Linus will then distribute to children throughout the United States who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need.
“Our Janome dealers take great pride in being involved with National Blanket Day,” says Randy Thomas, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Janome America. “It’s exciting and rewarding to see the number of blankets collected and the sense of community that this event generates. Last year we helped collect nearly 50,000 blankets and this year, our fifth year partnering with Project Linus, we hope to raise the bar even further.”
The community-wide effort brings together individuals, sewing clubs, quilt guilds and school groups, all of which contribute time, effort and donations to the fundraiser. Project Linus representatives distribute the collected blankets to children’s hospitals, fire departments and family service organizations. Wherever possible, the blankets remain in the area in which they were created.
"Project Linus is extremely pleased by the support provided by Janome dealers and their communities," says Carol Babbitt, national president of Project Linus. “The number of blankets raised by the company is inspiring.”
Every person who turns in a new, handmade blanket to a participating Janome dealer by Saturday, February 17 has a chance to win a DC3050, a computerized free arm model with 30 decorative stitches including 3 buttonholes. Each participating dealer is giving away one DC3050, and each blanket received earns one raffle ticket.
With chapters in all 50 states, Project Linus is a 100% volunteer organization that has collected and distributed more than 1.5 million blankets to children in hospitals, social service agencies, or anywhere a child might be in need of a big hug. To find a Project Linus chapter near you, please visit www.projectlinus.org.
Janome America is the largest subsidiary of Janome Sewing Machine Company of Japan, which produces nearly two million sewing machines annually as well as a line of related sewing products and embroidery software. It is a category leader in innovation, and Janome sewing machines are recognized throughout the industry for their ease-of-use and unsurpassed stitch quality. For more information, please visit www.janome.com.