Rotarians, guests to make blankets for Child’s Hope initiative

DEARBORN – The public is invited to help make blankets for children at the Rotary Club of Dearborn’s regularly scheduled lunch meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Park Place Catering, 23400 Park, Dec. 19.

The blankets are an initiative of Child’s Hope Blankets for Kids program in collaboration with Kids-Talk Children’s Advocacy Center. Child’s Hope serves as a central voice for the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Wayne County.

Blankets are given to children who are suspected victims of abuse and receive medical evaluations at the CAC. The blankets provide warmth and emotional comfort during the exam and later.

“This is a hands-on community service project,” Dearborn Rotarian Darlene Schoolmaster said. “Making the blankets is a simple process that involves no sewing skills so everyone can easily participate.”

Schoolmaster said money to purchase fabric and fleece for the blankets was made possible by a $1,000 grant from the Dearborn Rotary Foundation and a matching community grant from Rotary District 6400.

In addition to the Child’s Hope initiative, Dearborn Rotarians volunteer for a variety of community service projects throughout the year, including the Dearborn Homecoming Fishing Derby, Telegraph Road Adopt-A-Highway program and Santa Snaps workshop at the Wayne County Lightfest.

“By working together on projects like these, our members form a strong bond and truly demonstrate Rotary’s motto of ‘Service Above Self,’” said Jim Thorpe, 2013-14 Dearborn Rotary Club president.

Guests and prospective members are welcome at any of the club’s weekly lunch meetings that are held at Park Place each Thursday, except holidays.

“Attending our December 19th meeting and helping to make blankets is a great way to learn more about Rotary and the Child’s Hope initiative,” added Thorpe.

For more details, go to or call 313-278-7233.