Aktion Club North Bay members display the blankets made for Project Linus.
Aktion Club North Bay
Spending time in an emergency room can be scary for patients of any age but for children it can be especially traumatic.
Marg Allison, Chapter President of Project Linus North Bay knew how much children can be comforted by their security blankets and wanted to bring that comfort to the NBRHC’s youngest patients.
"I had heard about the success of Project Linus in other communities and I saw an opportunity to bring this amazing organization to North Bay,” says Allison. Project Linus is a national organization that provides security blankets to children in need, named after the Linus character in the "Peanuts" comic strip.
“Aktion Club North Bay stepped up to make the blankets we donated today,” Allison adds. Aktion Club is a leadership initiative of Kiwanis International locally supported by The Kiwanis of Nipissing. The Club has over 50 members, all of whom are adults living with disabilities.
The Aktion Club is a huge supporter of the NBRHC, especially their young patients. Over a three year period Aktion Club North Bay raised and donated $25,000 towards a Pediatric treatment room in the emergency department as well as other greatly needed equipment for premature babies.
Tracy Russell, Aktion Club North Bay President, explained that helping children is part of their mandate. “It feels really good to help out, and help make something to comfort kids.” Russell adds that the Club was very enthusiastic to take part in this initiative.
The blankets have been donated to the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Team at the hospital and will be available to young patients in the NBRHC Emergency department.