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Scott County: Project Linus Make-a-Blanket Day is Saturday; ham operator classes begin Saturday

Achaia Griggs, left, and Tajayona Wilson, right, posed with Operation Christmas Child's Yuliya Shubina after seeing her speak at First Baptist Church in Georgetown on Oct. 5.
Achaia Griggs, left, and Tajayona Wilson, right, posed with Operation Christmas Child's Yuliya Shubina after seeing her speak at First Baptist Church in Georgetown on Oct. 5.

Project Linus Make-a-Blanket Day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 1280 Lexington Road in Georgetown. The event will include a sandwich quilt assembly to turn finished quilt tops into completed quilts. Participants who don't sew can help by working on fleece blankets that will be ready to assemble.

The North Central Kentucky Chapter of Project Linus covers Scott, Harrison, Pendleton, Nicholas, Bourbon and Robertson counties. Once made by volunteers, the blankets are distributed through hospitals, health departments, judicial agencies and funeral homes, among others. Chapter blankets recently have been donated to Kentucky tornado relief, as well as to the annual TAPS Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors. To date, the chapter has donated more than 2,500 blankets.

To find out more about Make-A-Blanket Day or the North Central Kentucky Chapter of Project Linus, contact chapter coordinator Janet Walter at (502) 863-9726 or craft_nurse@bellsouth.net.

Learn how to become a ham radio operator

Anyone wanting to become a ham radio operator can attend two day-long classes to prepare for the Amateur Radio Technician (Element 2) Test. Classes will be held at the Scott County Emergency Operations Center on Saturday and Nov. 2. The test will be Nov. 9. Classes are free. The only cost is the course book and the exam fee. Pre-registration is required by Thursday. For information or to register, contact Don at (502) 868-9470 or ne4st@arrl.net. Classes are instructed by Scott County Amateur Radio Emergency Services personnel.

Shoebox project aids persecution victims

Former victim of Central Asian persecution Yuliya Shubina spoke on behalf of Operation Christmas Child Oct. 5 at First Baptist Church in Georgetown. She talked about how the project changed her life and is changing the lives of millions of children around the world each year.

As a child, Shubina received one of the more than 100 million gift-filled shoeboxes that the project has donated to children in more than 130 countries since 1993. The boxes included items such as toys, school supplies and hygiene items. These shoeboxes will again be collected this year at local drop-off sites during National Collection Week Nov. 18-25.

To find out more about how you can get involved and pack a shoebox or volunteer year-round, visit Samaritanspurse.org.

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