WARREN - For the past six years, several women have donated their time each holiday season to make Christmas-themed bags filled with toys, school supplies and books for children served by local social service agencies.
The Blankets of Love group has been making the more than 85 bags since November delivering the gifts this week to children served by Trumbull County Children Services, Someplace Safe, Safe House Ministries and Beatitude House.
Linda Fabrizio, local coordinator with Domestic Sewing Center, said the group throughout the year has collected and received donations of books, school supplies, hats, gloves, mittens and toys.
"Many of the children need items for the winter and for school. The need has grown each year," she said.
Fabrizio said the need has increased with more children being helped by the local organizations.
The Christmas gifts are for infants to 18-year-olds.
Wendy Popour said there are more and more children who need items who may otherwise not receive gifts.
"I can envision the little girls' and boys' faces smiling when they receive these. That is my dream," Popour said.
Jacque Doyle said she enjoys the time getting together with the others as they meet each week before the holidays to work on the project.
"It's always been a lot of fun," she said.
Fabrizio said while it is easy to get items for younger children it is more challenging for teens.
"We want to make sure each child receives something this Christmas," she said.