1st Cavalry Major Spends Lunch Breaks Crocheting Blankets for Ki - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

1st Cavalry Major Spends Lunch Breaks Crocheting Blankets for Kids in Need

Posted: Updated:
(KCEN) -- Soldiers' service to their community doesn't stop at the battlefield.

And for one major on Fort Hood, even her lunch breaks are devoted to making people's lives better.

In an office in 1st Cavalry headquarters, while everyone else leaves their desks empty to go to lunch, Maj. Wendy Bresnyan stays and crochets, every day.

"It gives me a moment of creativity,” she said between stitches.

"Instead of making blanket after blanket that sat around the house,” Bresnyan said, “I could make blankets and give them to somebody."

She came across Project Linus a few months ago.

"I thought, ‘That's a really cute name."

And ever since, she spends at least an hour a day -- her lunch hour -- unraveling yarn and weaving it into blankets for kids who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need.

"It's like a piece of home,” she said. “Something that's been hand-made."

Maj. Bresnyan is one of about 50 regular “blanketeers” in the Killeen-Temple chapter of Project Linus.

"We started in '99," the chapter's coordinator, Sandra Rowell, said.

That  was 15 years and tens of thousands of blankets ago.

Rowell said it's volunteers like Bresnyan who give kids who need it the comfort only a blanket of their very own can provide.

"It just brings such a smile to their faces,” she said. “It lights your own heart up, too."

Bresnyan hasn't met any the half-dozen-or-so kids who have gotten her blankets; most of the time they're delivered anonymously.

But this mom knows all about security blankets.

"You know,” she said, “to remember that somebody out there who may not even have a name cared enough to make a blanket."

It all started in Bell County when Rowell saw an article on the first woman to make a Project Linus blanket in Colorado.

A high school English teacher, she started up an after-school club to make all sorts of blankets, “crocheted, knitted, quilted, sewn, fleece, flannel.”

"Everybody in my family had blankets, you know,” Rowell said. “I had no one else to crochet for."

The group is named, of course, for the Peanuts cartoon character who always carries a blue blanket -- his security blanket.

“It's not necessarily to hug them,” she said. “It gives an emotional hug."

Bresnyan is a new member of the group, only crocheting for them for the last few months.

Her official “blanketeer” patch, emblazoned with an image of Linus and his blanket, sits over her desk at 1st Cav headquarters.

"I think about some of the things that I received when I was little that I still carry around or have to this day as an adult,” she said.

The central Texas group has produced more than 23,000 blankets; the nearly 400 chapters nationwide have made more than five million since 1998.

Maj. Bresnyan takes a couple weeks to finish a blanket, a lunch hour at a time.

"I have my own family at home,” she said, “and it's not so easy to crochet when you have kids climbing on you."

That commitment -- staying at her desk for that hour-long break most people treasure -- is what drives Project Linus.

"It goes to the heart of the whole organization,” Rowell said.

And it goes to the hearts of the 23,000 central Texas kids who now have the comfort of their very own blanket.

Project Linus serves 12 local hospitals and other care centers.

If you'd like to donate or volunteer, contact Sandra Rowell at sandrarowell@hotmail.com.

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Boy Killed, Mother and Siblings Critically Injured after 18-wheeler Collides with SUV

    Boy Killed, Mother and Siblings Critically Injured after 18-wheeler Collides with SUV

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-09-16 23:07:36 GMT
    (RIESEL) -- An 18-wheeler and an SUV were in an accident Tuesday afternoon. It happened along Highway 6 and FM 1860 in Riesel.The extent of the injuries were unknown but there were reports that passengers had to be rescued from one of the vehicles. Two photos sent to KCEN by Kimberly Sowders, who was working nearby, showed extensive damage to the SUV. It appeared the 18-wheeler hit the SUV in the passenger side.We have a crew headed to the scene and we'll update this story as we get more info...More >>
    (RIESEL) -- An 18-wheeler and an SUV were in an accident Tuesday afternoon. It happened along Highway 6 and FM 1860 in Riesel.The extent of the injuries were unknown but there were reports that passengers had to be rescued from one of the vehicles. Two photos sent to KCEN by Kimberly Sowders, who was working nearby, showed extensive damage to the SUV. It appeared the 18-wheeler hit the SUV in the passenger side.We have a crew headed to the scene and we'll update this story as we get more info...More >>
  • Local Crooks Turn to Different Outlets to Sell Stolen Goods as Pawn Shops Improve

    Local Crooks Turn to Different Outlets to Sell Stolen Goods as Pawn Shops Improve

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-09-16 22:16:33 GMT
    Pawn Express in north WacoPawn Express in north Waco
    (KCEN) -- Pawn shops often get a bad rap; but the last few years have seen a dramatic change in the way pawn brokers operate. They're working with police more, and criminals are taking notice and changing up how they work.More >>
    (KCEN) -- Pawn shops often get a bad rap; but the last few years have seen a dramatic change in the way pawn brokers operate. They're working with police more, and criminals are taking notice and changing up how they work.More >>
  • 'A Global Threat': Obama Reveals Plan for Ebola Outbreak

    'A Global Threat': Obama Reveals Plan for Ebola Outbreak

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-09-16 21:30:31 GMT
     The United States is setting up a military command center to fight the "out of control" Ebola epidemic in West Africa, President Barack Obama said Tuesday. An Army major-general is already in place to direct a major U.S. push to build clinics, distribute supplies and train health care workers.The White House says it'll involve up to 3,000 troops and more than $500 million in spending."Hospitals, clinics and the few treatment centers that do exist are completely overwhelmed," Oba...More >>
     The United States is setting up a military command center to fight the "out of control" Ebola epidemic in West Africa, President Barack Obama said Tuesday. An Army major-general is already in place to direct a major U.S. push to build clinics, distribute supplies and train health care workers.The White House says it'll involve up to 3,000 troops and more than $500 million in spending."Hospitals, clinics and the few treatment centers that do exist are completely overwhelmed," Oba...More >>
Click for Local Doppler Radar
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.