The D'Youville College Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) contributed to a great cause on Wednesday evening as several D'Youville Athletics teams joined together for Project Linus.
"The overwhelming support from all of our participants has been outstanding," said Athletics Committee Co-Chair and D'Youville baseball player Tyler Siegmann. "I cannot thank our Athletics Committee members, SAAC representatives, students, student-athletes and faculty members enough for contributing to such a meaningful cause."
Representatives from the D'Youville sports teams worked together, and with other teams, to make fleece blankets for those in need. Each blanket was crafted by putting two equal sized pieces of fleece together and then cutting each side into strips. The strips were then tied together, forming one blanket.
The event continues to grow in the number of blankets made year-by-year. In 2014, 50 blankets were made, followed by 75 in 2015. Last year the group made 76 blankets and they hit a new high of 80 this year.
"We all want to make an impact, and something as simple as tying two pieces of fleece together can create such a major impact in the life of a child," said Siegmann. "What we did here can lend warmth and comfort, along with a feeling of security to a child that may not have had it before. These blankets have been made for the seriously ill, traumatized or those who just may need a gift made with joy. I believe we accomplished our goal this evening."
Project Linus has the mission to provide homemade blankets to children in need. A non-profit organization that was created in 1998, Project Linus and has chapters in all 50 states. All of the blankets will be donated to the local chapter of Project Linus here in Western New York.
SAAC is made up of student athlete representatives from each of D'Youville's 14 sports who are determined to improve the community by giving back and participating in events such as the Project Linus.