Winter Texans are doing their part to serve their part time community in the Rio Grande Valley.
The Paradise Resort ‘Project Linus’ donated more than 250 quilts to PSJA elementary students. This year volunteers made and donated 284 quilts to children at Palacios, Longoria, and Guerra elementary schools.
Educators say these are a much-needed gift for students who otherwise have nothing to keep them warm during their mid-day nap.
Michelle Cardoza, Palacios Elementary Principal said, “We’re very lucky, because our students have a rest time during the day and some students come to school without a blanket. This is a great opportunity to use the blankets as well as take it home and they get to share them with their families as well.”
Barton Roth, Paradise Resort Resident said, “It’s very heart-warming for me. And I hate to say it, but I almost get teary eyed doing it. To know that my heart goes into each child’s heart! I hate to get teary eyed now, but I’m going to. Because I know I can warm a little child’s heart. That quilt’s going to mean something to them, and that’s why I enjoy giving them a high five and putting something they’ll remember me by for a long time.”
“Every little bit helps.” Said staff member Julian Martinez. “Especially because some of these families have seven or eight siblings and not everybody has a blanket. But these guys do an awesome job just being supportive of the community.”
On average Winter Texans make more than 700 quilts every year out of donated materials.