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The Project Linus Group of Joplin has created more than a thousand blankets that help calm autistic children.
JOPLIN, MO.--- A group of ladies is helping autistic children by giving them a special blanket. The Project Linus Group of Joplin has created more than a thousand blankets that help calm autistic children.

Children with autism often don't like to be hugged but these blankets give them a sense of security, and it helps them get a full night's sleep. The blankets are stuffed with rolled up bed sheets and it makes the blankets very heavy on top of the child. It also stops them from fidgeting and lets them sleep easier.

"It's like giving that child a hug. That's like walking up to your husband or your wife and saying, 'I'm here, it's okay. Hold on, everything is going to be okay," said Joyce Gentzler, Project Linus.

The group is always in need of monetary donations, fabric and volunteers. If you would like to help, you can call (417) 781-1871.
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