Boy do­nates hand-made blan­kets for kids taken to emer­gency ctr.

Record Observer - - COMMUNITY -

STEVENSVILLE — Gre­gory Couch of Kent Is­land re­cently do­nated hand­made blan­kets to Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Re­gional Health’s Shore Emer­gency Cen­ter in Queen­stown and Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Ch­ester­town through his new chap­ter of Project Li­nus. These blan­kets will be used pri­mar­ily for young chil­dren who come in to med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties un­der harsh cir­cum­stances and need com­fort.

The 11-year-old, fifth-grader at Bay­side Ele­men­tary School be­gan look­ing for ways he could help his com­mu­nity through vol­un­teer work. He and his mom, Kim­berly Couch, looked at dif­fer­ent char­i­ties in which chil­dren can be in­volved. They soon found Project Li­nus and re­al­ized there was not a chap­ter for the Mid-Shore of Mary­land.

In April 2016, with the help of his mom, Gre­gory opened a chap­ter that cov­ers Caro­line, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Tal­bot coun­ties, where they sup­port blan­ket drives and do­nate their home­made blan­kets. Gre­gory has given pre­sen­ta­tions to all four county gov­ern­ments and has also met with lo­cal Girl Scout lead­er­ship to en­gage them in get­ting in­volved with Project Li­nus.

“We are gra­cious for the hard work and ef­fort Gre­gory puts into help­ing out the com­mu­nity through Project Li­nus,” said Mary Alice Van­hoy, man­ager of the UM Shore Emer­gency Cen­ter at Queen­stown and the ED at UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Ch­ester­town. “We have many fright­ened chil­dren come through our emer­gency de­part­ments after un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances and these blan­kets of fer a sense of com­fort when they re­ally need it.”

Project Li­nus is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sented by chap­ters cov­er­ing all 50 states. Vol­un­teers or “blan­ke­teers” cre­ate blan­ket drives, make the blan­kets and then do­nate them to health care fa­cil­i­ties where there may be chil­dren in need of warmth and com­fort.

“My goal is to bring com­fort to kids around the area that are in need,” said Gre­gory. “I am happy to have helped out my com­mu­nity and thank any­one who has helped us along the way.”

More in­for­ma­tion about Project Li­nus and vol­un­teer­ing with the MidShore chap­ter may be ob­tained by visit­ing www.pro­jectli­nus.org, or call­ing Kim­berly Couch at 410-924-2488.

Pic­tured with Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Emer­gency Cen­ter at Queen­stown staff mem­bers is Gre­gory Couch, cen­ter, who de­liv­ered Project Li­nus blan­kets for use by chil­dren who come to the emer­gency cen­ter and UM Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Ch­ester­town.

Gre­gory Couch, left, de­liv­ers blan­kets to the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Ch­ester­town.

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