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Janome Sewing Dealers To Gather Thousands Of Handmade Blankets For Children In 2005

25 January, 2005

MAHWAH, N.J. ñ Jan. 24, 2005 ñ On February 19, Janome America sewing machine dealers across the country will create and gather thousands of new, handmade blankets for children of all ages in need of security, warmth and comfort. The collection is for the sixth annual Project Linus National Make A Blanket Day. Project Linus is a non-profit organization that distributes the blankets to children throughout the United States who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. This will be Janome’s third year in a row participating in the fundraiser.

Nearly 270 Janome dealers in 40 states will participate in this year’s Make a Blanket Day (MABD). Dealers will conduct blanket-making workshops and serve as drop-off points for finished blankets, as sewing clubs, quilt guilds, school groups and community members contribute time, effort and donations of yarns, fabrics, batting and notions for the fundraiser.

Randy Thomas, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Janome America, anticipates great results for this year’s MABD. “For the past two years we have challenged Janome dealers to bring in thousands of blankets, and they have continually exceeded our expectations,” he said. “Our dealers are thrilled to take part in an event that benefits so many children in their own communities.”

Everyone who turns in a new, handmade blanket to a participating Janome dealer between Feb. 1 and March 31 has a chance to win a Janome DC3050 computerized sewing machine, a model ideal for creating any kind of home dÈcor or sewing project. Each participating Janome dealer is giving away one machine.

“Community involvement is vital to the success of this event,” said Thomas. “We hope as many sewing enthusiasts and newcomers as possible will go to their local dealers and help us make blankets for the kids.”

With chapters in all 50 states, Project Linus is a 100% volunteer organization that has collected and distributed more than one million blankets to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere a child might be in need of a big hug.

"The comfort brought to a child by a Project Linus security blanket should not be underestimated,” says Carol Babbitt, national president of Project Linus. “Thanks to our many blanketeers and our chapter coordinators, millions of children and their families have been given comfort and security at a time when they need it most.”

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.