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Janome Kicks off 2006 National Make A Blanket Day With $5,000 Donation to Project Linus

18 February, 2006

MAHWAH, N.J. – Sewing machine manufacturer Janome America has announced a donation of $5,000 to Project Linus, a non-profit organization that distributes new, handmade, washable blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need.

The money was raised during the 2005 Project Linus National Make A Blanket Day (MABD), in which Janome America pledged a cash donation to Project Linus for every Janome DC3050 machine sold nationwide in January and February.

The monetary contribution comes on the heels of a donation to Project Linus of 40,000 handmade blankets, raised by Janome dealers across the U.S., also during the 2005 MABD promotion. 2006 marks the fourth year Janome America has aligned itself with Project Linus for its annual MABD.

In an effort to collect even more blankets for the upcoming event, scheduled for February 18, 2006, Janome America is kicking off the new promotion this summer. The earlier start date allows dealers the opportunity to host numerous sewing days and collect blankets throughout the year for children in need.

Janome America has once again pledged a cash donation for every DC3050 machine sold in January and February of 2006. In addition to the gift of giving, everyone who turns in a new, handmade blanket to a participating Janome dealer between now and February 18, 2006, has a chance to win a Janome DC3050 computerized sewing machine. Each participating Janome dealer is giving away one machine.

During the 2005 MABD event, 272 Janome dealers in 44 states collected blankets from their customers to pass on to Project Linus. With the success of past years’ events, Janome America is confident 2006 will bring in even more contributions. Sewing clubs, quilt guilds, school groups, and community members across the country took part in the event, contributing time, effort, and donations of yarns, fabrics, batting and notions for the fundraiser.

Project Linus representatives distributed the collected blankets to children's hospitals, fire departments and family service organizations. Wherever possible, the blankets remained in the area in which they were created.

Janome America is the largest subsidiary of Janome Sewing Machine Company of Japan, which produces more than one million sewing machines annually as well as a line of related sewing products and embroidery software. Janome America is committed to providing high quality sewing machines for every consumer. With chapters in all 50 states, Project Linus is a 100% volunteer organization that has collected and distributed more than 1.2 million blankets to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug.

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