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Kozy Kovers For Kids – helping children in need one blanket at a time

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Kozy Kovers For Kids – helping children in need one blanket at a time

The quilting and sewing communities are made up of an incredible diversity of people – women and men of all ages and all demographics – in addition to sharing a passion for their crafts they seem to have one remarkable thing in common: the desire to help people in need and to make a difference.  At Lapel Stick we have been very honored to get to know many charities run by these incredible people and wanted to start a regular column in our blog to share their stories and the amazing gifts they give to so many people. Our first feature group is Kozy Kovers in Delaware.

Robin Agar started Kozy Kovers for Kids in January of 2010. The program began when a volunteer at another charity run by Robin - Delaware Head Huggers - asked if Delaware had a program that provided blankets to foster children. Robin was intrigued and started researching but wasn’t able to find anything either locally or at a national level. Seeing a need and a chance to make difference Robin launched Kozy Kovers for Kids.

Kozy Kover blankets go to children in crisis and in foster care. Blankets are given to agencies who in turn give the children a blanket that suits them, many of the blankets have also gone directly to the State Police to take with them on domestic calls to comfort children dealing with trauma, and many more have gone to local Emergency Rooms to have on hand for children who come in suffering from abuse or neglect.

“I run this out of my home and the Delaware public libraries have helped to arrange several drop off sites, many people mail blankets directly to me as well. Every blanket gets a tag that states that it is a hug from the people at Kozy Kovers for Kids and the people caring for the children say that the blankets really makes a difference to each child that receives one.” Robin Agar

Since the program launched in 2010 they have collected and distributed over 700 blankets for children but there are still many more children in need. The program accepts all types of handmade blankets: knit, crochet, quilted, sewn, tied fleece - the only guidelines are that it must be new and handmade and it must be machine wash and dry. People can help by making blankets, by donating for postage costs and tags and just by giving moral support. People can send blankets by mail or if they are local they can drop them off at an approved drop off location, donate via Paypal, or follow along on Facebook.

In addition to growing the Delaware area, Kozy Kovers for Kids has launched another chapter in Pittsburgh, PA to reach even more children in need of comfort. We thank Robin for sharing her story and inspiring so many people to make a difference!

To find out more about Robin, Kozy Kovers for Kids, and how you can help please visit: www.kozykoversforkids.org  or you can contact them directly with the information below:

Kozy Kovers Headquarters - Robin Agar
202 Acorn Forest Drive, Felton, DE 19943
302-284-8141
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Kozy Kovers Pittsburgh
Linda Lubbert   412-952-2857 or Judy Alabek 412-480-1432
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