District Attorney Ryan Addresses Marlborough Seniors on Middlesex District Attorney’s Partnership with Project Linus

For Immediate Release September 13, 2017
Contact: Press Office

Left to Right: Dan Campbell. Sergeant, Marlborough Police Department; Tricia Pope, Executive Director of the Marlborough Council on Aging; David Giordi, Marlborough Chief of Police; Marian Ryan, District Attorney; Fred Flynn, Assistant Chief, Marlborough

MARLBOROUGH – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan recently spoke to Marlborough seniors at the Marlborough Senior Center about a new partnership with Project Linus to provide blankets to children in Middlesex County who experience an opioid-related, or other trauma. District Attorney Ryan also donated blankets to the Marlborough Police Department and the Marlborough Fire Department.

District Attorney Ryan was also joined by Marlborough Chief of Police David Giordi, Fred Flynn, Assistant Fire Chief of the Marlborough Fire Department, Sergeant Dan Campbell of the Marlborough Police Department, Cathleen Liberty, Executive Director of Public Health and Tricia Pope, Director of the Marlborough Council on Aging.

Through this program Project Linus will also provide blankets to all children identified through Project C.A.R.E, a partnership involving the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Lowell Police Department, Lowell Fire Department, Trinity Ambulance and the Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell to provide a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week rapid response trauma-informed intervention for children who witness a parent or loved one suffer an overdose.

Early and appropriate trauma-informed care can help children cope with trauma, build resiliency and help reduce the cyclical effects of substance misuse.

Blankets are currently being distributed to Middlesex County Chiefs of Police and other first-responders across the County to distribute when children have experienced other types of trauma such as witnessing a violent crime, loss of a parent or sibling or displacement from their home.

Project Linus is a 100% volunteer organization dedicated to creating and delivering new handmade blankets to any child who may be in need of some extra comforting. Blankets can be knitted, crocheted, quilted or hand-tied by volunteers of all ages and abilities and are delivered to children in hospitals throughout the world or to any child in need of consolation. You can find more information about Project Linus and its Greater Boston Chapter at www.projectlinus.org.

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