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