What could The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, the Georgia Aquarium, UPS and Project Linus all have in common?
Well, stay with me here.
My family attended an event last night where we got to watch Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters movie out on DVD today (a golden fleece blanket plays a pivotal role in the movie).
The event happened at the Georgia Aquarium Arctic Ballroom, where we watched Beluga Whales swim around us (I’m assuming the venue was chosen to tie in with the ‘Sea of Monsters’ theme).
While watching the movie and eating grilled cheese and tomato soup, we made fleece blankets for those in need, all part of Project Linus (get it, Linus from Snoopy loved his blanket and so do people who need to be warm?).
UPS sent volunteers to help make sure the blankets were completed (somebody was smart enough to know the bloggers weren’t going to be able to tackle more than one a piece, at the most, and there was a lofty goal of making several dozen of these). This was a tough time for UPS employees to get away, since this week is what they call ‘Peak Weak’, their busiest time all year for package deliveries, but they’re partners with Project Linus, so there’s the connection.
AND, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, ‘Cashmere’ in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, was there, too, for interviews and to lend her support in the blanket-making business (she’s an Atlanta native).
That’s a lot, right? But it had to be one of the best events I’ve been part of in a while–mostly because my children were welcome and encouraged to help with making blankets for others. I have truly wanted to get them involved in helping others this holiday season and this was such an ideal way to do that!
It gave me all kinds of ideas on ways to get the kids even more involved with Project Linus, along with other charities.
Meantime, I got my kiddos involved in more than blanket making. For example, I had Kayla interview ‘Cashmere’, since Kayla is a big a Hunger Games fan as I am. And Stephanie (AKA Cashmere) couldn’t have been kinder.
Take a listen.
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