CANNON BEACH - A group of women at the Cannon Beach Community Presbyterian Church has been getting together every Friday during January for more than 10 years to make baby blankets. Barbara Campbell, who is in charge of the project, says this year they made 210 of them.
Every year, money is collected to buy the materials needed to make the blankets. Some of the women in the group donate money each month toward the project, as well. The group buys the flannel, which must be washed, ironed, sewn and turned inside out. The edges are then pressed again and top-stitched.
Children from the community come and sew, with their mothers watching, and people who are not members of church participate, too. Another group makes a card to go with each blanket, saying where it's from and who made it.
The 45-inch-square double flannel blankets have been given to babies on the North Coast, in Mexico, Honduras, Africa, Haiti and the Ukraine, to name just a few places. The blankets have also been sent to various missions, the Door of Hope and Pioneer House. This year, several were given away at the Bald Eagle Coffee House in Cannon Beach. There is no cost for the blankets, but a freewill offering to the church is appreciated.
"It really has been a community affair," Campbell said. "It's been such a rewarding time. It's been great."