DEXTER - Tyler Wintle was just 10 years old when he died in 2004 of a brain tumor, but the only child of Scott and Sandy Wintle of Dexter is lovingly remembered by many people. One of those people is Juanita Merritt, who founded Tyler's Warm Hugs of Giving Hope.
The project in Tyler's memory is a collection of donated fleece blankets, which people can drop off at The Creative & Logomotion at 189-B State St. in Bangor.
The Creative owner Wally Thurston and Logomotion owner Valerie Grant will gladly accept your donations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Once they have the blankets, they will embroider them, and Merritt will deliver them to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where they will be given to children who are receiving treatment for cancer.
The fleeces, for infants to teens to take home, are "a blanket of comfort for a sick child," Merritt wrote. "There isn't anything I can think of that would warm a child more."
Through the first week of February, Merritt reported, "we have 82 blankets and are still going strong."
Tyler's Warm Hugs of Giving Hope will be an ongoing project, she explained, and you can e-mail Merritt at email@example.com, or call her at 866-0140 for information.
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