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Project Linus of Charles County recently received 126 blankets from the women of the White Plains Second Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

More than 60 women and girls participated in quilting, crocheting, knitting and tying the blankets that are used to provide care and a sense of security to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or in need.

“After my son received a Project Linus blanket from his speech therapist, he felt comforted and loved,” said women’s leader Amber Flake, president of the White Plains Second Ward Relief Society, in a news release. “I really wanted to give back to the charity and at the same time help other children in need of comfort. How can you stand by when you see a need and do nothing to fill it.”

The blankets were given to Mary Hancock, the Charles County Project Linus coordinator on March 9, during a luncheon celebrating the 171st birthday of the LDS Church’s women’s organization, the Relief Society. Founded in 1842, the Relief Society’s motto is “Charity Never Faileth.”

Charles County resident Bonnie Ramon, who oversees the Relief Society efforts in Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s and Princes George’s counties, as well as parts of Washington, D.C., encouraged the nine congregations in her area to “do something extraordinary” to help those in need for a six-month period.

“The mission of Relief Society includes increasing personal faith and righteousness, strengthening homes and families and seeking out and helping those in need,” Ramon said in a news release. “The birthday luncheon was an opportunity to highlight the various projects undertaken by the congregations as well as to honor those that serve our communities so well.”

Women from the other Latter-day Saint congregation in Charles County, the White Plains First Ward, focused on helping the homeless in the county by partnering with the LifeStyles of Maryland Foundation. The foundation, over the past few years, has served more than 8,000 individuals with everything from shelter, food, clothing, financial assistance and transportation. More than 50 women in the congregation participated in various projects in support of the foundation including putting together meals and food baskets.