Dear Sun Spots: I am interested in finding out the name of the organization that collects afghans for abused children, nursing homes, etc. I know I read about it in your column a few months ago and I misplaced the article.

During the winter, I have crocheted three afghans and I would like to donate them to someone who could use them. I buy yarn at garage sales during the summer plus I have yarn scraps friends give me. If you could please print the article again, I would appreciate it. Also if there is anyone out there that has yarn or yarn leftovers that they would like to donate for more afghans, I would be glad to pick up any within a 25-mile radius from my home in Litchfield. I may be reached at 268-2012.

Thank you for all the great help you are to us all. – Joy in Litchfield.

Sun Spots believes you might be referring to the following shortened answer, provided to Dottie Hatch of Livermore Falls in the Feb. 2 column:

Project Linus is a 100 percent volunteer nonprofit organization which, according to its Web site at, has a twofold mission to provide gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, created by volunteer “blanketeers,” to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need or warmth and comfort, and to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities.

You may join participating chapters around the country in making blankets, or take part in blanket-making events, open houses and collection sites.

To take part, contact one of the Maine chapters for more information: Eastern Maine, contact Merlene, 965-8005; Greater Presque Isle, contact Wendy, 764-4702; Houlton/Southern Aroostook, contact Jennifer, 532-2740; and Portland/Southern/Central Maine, contact Susan, 839-2275.

Dear Sun Spots: Fairview School in Auburn is having its annual spring auction from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 28 to raise money for its intermediate team to fund field trips.

We are seeking donations of goods and services from local companies and individuals. If any Sun Spot readers would like to donate please contact Stephanie Geer at Fairview School via e-mail at [email protected] or phone 784-3559. If you would like to attend the auction, everyone 16 years old and older is invited to attend; admission is $5 per person. Thank you. – A Fairview Auction Volunteer, Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: I was also born at the Keating Private Hospital. It was located at 34 Howe St. in Lewiston. I was born in 1938. I do not know when it ceased operations. – Irene T. Dagneau, Lisbon.

Dear Sun Spots: St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center is hosting a garage sale with the entire proceeds going directly to two locations in Haiti: A village hospital that provides medical care for their far-reaching community; and the other is an orphanage/farm that cares for more than 500 children, supplying housing, food and education.

The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21. We are seeking donations of non-appliance items that can be dropped off at the Lepage Conference Center at the hospital from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20.

Please contact Shirley Perron at 777-8280 or Jill Hurd at 777-8727 for possible arrangements and more information.

We are also looking for anyone who wants to come by at the end of the sale to pick up all unsold items. Please contact one of the above people to arrange this. Many thanks to column readers for their help. – Shirley Perron, Poland.

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