Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity derived from the Boy Scouts of America, made and donated 10 blankets to Project Linus recently, continuing a tradition that began almost 20 years ago.
Project Linus is a non-profit organization that formed in 1995 with a two-fold mission: “to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children” and “to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities.”
‘Handmade’ blankets are the instruments of choice to benefit children who have had a tragedy in their lives. Project Linus has collected more than 3.5 million blankets nationally as of Sept. 30, 2010. Local chapters collect and distribute these blankets to any child in need.
The APO Alpha pledge class at Radford University organized this service project and held it in the basement of Jefferson Hall.
“It is a great way to get to know people and it makes you feel so good inside to know that you’re helping someone that really needs it,” said Alpha Class President David Silva-Alvarez.
Service projects such as Project Linus are not new to APO. Brothers of APO strive daily to be of service by “helping others without expecting reward,” according to the APO Pledge Manual.
APO’s purpose is to give college students a chance to serve humanity, establish lasting friendships and to develop strong leaders. Taking service one step further, this co-ed fraternity splits itself between service projects in the community, national service projects, fraternity-based projects and service projects on RU’s campus.
Share, grow, improve and invest are the objectives set forth by APO for brothers to serve others, as well as themselves, in the process. The philosophies used for the college students of APO are derived from the Boy Scouts of America’s Scout Motto, Scout Slogan, Scout Law and Scout Oath.
After being made, the blankets were sent to the NRV chapter of Project Linus where they will be given to less fortunate children in hopes that they too will share, grow, improve and invest.
Austin Tuley is a member of Radford University’s chapter of APO.