Project Linus donates blankets to Duluth firefighters

Updated: February 16, 2021 10:21 PM
Created: February 16, 2021 11:56 AM

A blanket can help you feel secure and warm, especially during a traumatic time. And Duluth firefighters now have 20 fleece blankets to give out to kids they meet on calls.

Project Linus made the delivery on Tuesday. The blankets were made by students in the National Honor Society in Hinckley.

Debbie Sauer is the coordinator for the Duluth Superior area chapter of Project Linus. "The fleece was donated, and in the space of a week, the blankets came in and now have gone out. We're always looking for people who need our blankets. And donations of fabric as well."

Project Linus is a national group, but the chapter in the Northland is only about a year old. There is a small patch on the blankets that shows Linus from the Peanuts cartoon.

Deputy Chief of Life Safety, Jon Otis, thanked the Project Linus folks. "It really is a great opportunity for us to provide a sense of safety and security, and to build some trust with people experiencing trauma," he said. "If we can break down that barrier of fear in a child, it's easier for us to provide care for that child."

He explained the blankets will be with the assistant chiefs in the command vehicles. Right now, each rig has a box with a small stuffed animal in it as well, for certain situations.

If you'd like to donate or help Project Linus, contact Debbie Sauer at: 218-721-8167 or

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