01-03-20

Pay It Forward – Project Linus


Happy New Year everyone! 2019 was a great year and the support from you all made it even better.  December was a busy month for Easterns.  However, it was important to share the latest Pay It Forward with Fox 5 DC.  The special non-profit that they decided to help is called Project Linus which was brought to their attention by Sara Gorfinkel.  Project Linus provides homemade blankets to children in need.  Gorfinkel began her affiliation with the brand two years ago when she made blankets with her children to donate.  It was then she realized that there were no local chapters in her area.  The nearest Project Linus was over 30 minutes away.  In that moment she realized that it was her to change that.  Gorfinkel reached out to the national office and let them know that she was interested starting a chapter in Montgomery County, MD.  They connected her with another woman from the area, Carol Lichtenstein.  Together they formed the Montgomery County chapter for Project Linus.  Volunteers began pouring in and it truly made them a force to be reckoned with.

Since they started in 2017, the two have had tremendous success by donating over 3,000 blankets to sick and traumatized children across the region.  Project Linus would not be possible without the volunteer organizations that purchase all the materials needed to make the blankets.  They then provide instructions and blankets to make the templates to volunteers to complete.  The finished blankets get distributed to those in need.  Some of those places include shelters and hospitals in the area.

Gorfinkel and some of her volunteers gave a blanket tutorial on Fox 5 Pay it Forward.  The lovely blankets take about a half hour to make and are great quality.  Joel Bassam surprised them live on air by donating 144 yards of fleece on behalf of Easterns Automotive Group.  This will them make plenty of blankets to kick off 2020.   If you would like to learn more about Project Linus and how you can either donate or volunteer, please visit www.projectlinus.org.

If you know someone in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area that goes above and beyond the call and is worthy of being recognized, Click here to nominate them.

Watch the video to see the way everything unfolded.


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