AU students give to area children through Project Linus event

AU students at Project Linus 2012

Aurora University students craft a Project Linus blanket during the 2012 event.

Beginning this week, the Aurora University Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the Spartan Athletic Training Student Organization will be kicking off the 11th annual Project Linus event. The two organizations work with the Oak Park/near West Suburbs chapter of Project Linus, which donates fleece blankets to area children’s hospitals, homeless shelters and childcare camps. The goal this year for AU’s Project Linus event is to construct and donate more than 100 blankets to the Oak Park chapter.

The members of these organizations encourage students, faculty and staff to stop by their table February 18 until February 22 outside of the Alumni Hall cafeteria from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. where they will be accepting monetary donations or newly purchased fleece fabric for the event.

On February 28 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in Thornton Gymnasium, many student and staff volunteers will be constructing the fleece blankets from their donations to provide a warm and secure blanket for area children in need.

For Student Athlete Advisory Committee faculty advisor, Nicole Pieart, Project Linus is a hands-on experience where students and staff can come together and make a coordinated effort to serve the community. It is an event the campus anticipates every year where giving an hour of their time is the biggest contribution.

“This service project gives AU students the chance to look outside themselves for the day,” explains Pieart, “and learn that every effort counts.”

Donations can be dropped off to Nicole Pieart in Alumni Hall 242. Questions about the event can also be directed to Pieart at npieart@aurora.edu.