Last month, au pairs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania volunteered their time as “blanketeers” for Project Linus. Project Linus is an organization dedicated to providing a sense of security and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets. Eight au pairs from Brazil, Thailand, South Africa, Czech Republic, Germany, and Mexico gathered together with other community members and spent the day creating blankets.
Area Director Kelly Boyle became aware of the organization when her 5-year-old daughter received a blanket while recovering from a traumatic injury at Children’s Hospital. Kelly shared
I have seen the impact that one of these blankets made to my own child and knew my local au pairs would love the opportunity to support children in need and give back to their local area.”
The au pairs enjoyed talking to the other participants, noting that many volunteers heard about the organization after a family member received one of the hand-crafted blankets, just like their Area Director.
The group loved this service opportunity because it aligned with their au pair role and their love of children. Brazilian au pair Silvi said
I am an extension au pair, and this experience really made my time America feel complete! I loved this and really felt to be helping my community.
At the end of the day, the blankets were 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.