WILMINGTON, N.C. – With scissors and rulers in hand, members of the UNC Wilmington women’s soccer team assembled Wednesday afternoon to make blankets to donate to the New Hanover County chapter of “Project Linus,” a national initiative to provide comfort for ill and needy children.

Head Coach Paul Cairney, assistant coach Melissa Barnes and team members purchased fleece material to make 10 blankets. Coincidentally, the blankets featured a soccer motif, with bright colors.

Project Linus was started in 1995 to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans created by volunteer “blanketeers.” More than 2 million blankets have been distributed since the mid 90’s by hundreds of local chapters and volunteers throughout the United States.

The New Hanover County chapter plans to distribute 1,700 blankets this year.