Moraine Valley nursing students in the Gamma Pi chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society for Associate Degree Nurses recently created blankets for Project Linus, which provides homemade blankets to children in need.

“You really feel like you’re making a difference,” said A.J. Oehme, Gamma Pi chapter president. “Each blanket is going to be in the hands of a child in a hospital. Knowing that and seeing the difference it can make really boosts the moral of nurses.”

Project Linus started in 1995 and has delivered more than 5.7 million blankets since its inception. The blankets are collected locally and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug.

According to the program’s website, the project was started by Karen Loucks in response to an article that highlighted the struggle of 3-year-old who was diagnosed with leukemia and who had a special “blankie” to get her through two years of chemotherapy.