Later this year, our Logix employees will have an opportunity to give back to our Santa Clarita community in a very special way. We'll be making blankets for Project Linus, a nonprofit that makes and donates blankets that are then used to comfort children in the NICU.
Make A Blanket Day
Earlier in the year, members of our Logix team got to see the blanket making in action at Project Linus' semiannual Make a Blanket Day that took place at Golden Valley High School’s gym. I had a chance to speak with Academy of the Canyons’ (AOC) teacher Sharon Garvar, who worked with her class to make the event a success with dozens of students stopping by from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. to make blankets for the charity.
“Golden Valley High (School’s) ASB reached out to us last year and offered us the space to host this event,” Garvar said. “We were at the Valencia Mall in the past, but late last year in October, we started having our event here, and it’s been great for us. We do this twice a year and we’re grateful for the opportunity to have the community come together and help us.”
The chapter is run by students from AOC. They learn how to run the organization from start to finish, and they skill-build as the semester goes on. Some of them focus on public relations, others on supplies and social media. They do an amazing job getting the word out to other schools so that students can participate and get service hours.
Garvar started the chapter with the help from Principal Pete Getz. She was inspired because her son, Evan, received a blanket when he was in the NICU. “It meant so much to me. I had to find out who gave us this blanket that was so comforting. My son is now 7 and we are as inspired today, as we were when we first began this journey.”
Logix Employee Involvement
After a positive experience with Principal for the Day at AOC, it was easy to see the impact of the charity on the campus. The students and their enthusiasm was inspiring. As a result, I asked how we could get more involved and we donated some money for sponsorship for this event. And, in October of this year, we will host the inaugural Logix Community Day with Project Linus.
Monique S., a representative from Logix attended Make a Blanket Day as well. “We wanted to see how everything was set up. They have all the logistics down pat, and we look forward to creating a similar experience for our group in October. It’s a pleasure to help make a difference in the community in this way.”
Local schools also support this Project Linus chapter through clubs on campus. They share supplies during the year.
“We want kids to have an opportunity to help other kids,” Garvar said. “They deserve the opportunity to participate, too.”
Blankets will be shared with a variety of nonprofits in the area, including the NICU at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. This organization is backed by students who want to give children a chance to feel safe.
“These blankets are so important to the kids who receive them. It’s their shield, their warmth, their protection. We don’t get to meet the recipients, but we get to hear from them via letters and notes. They’re truly grateful, and that’s what keeps us going,” Garvar said.
To learn more, visit www.scvprojectlinus.org.