Extra warm blankets for super cool kids!
The Wuzzlewubbies Program first began in 2017 when we were frequently working alongside students as teaching artists in our local Title One public schools and learned that many of them hoped to receive warm bedding for gifts around the holidays.
We were working on Snowcatcher at the time, which centers around the Schoolchildren's Blizzard of 1888, a storm that killed hundreds of children across the Great Plains. It centers around the affects of hypothermia and cold. We felt connections happening...
It seemed appropriate to begin to dream about ways to help our students get the warm and cozy rest they needed while developing curriculum around the themes of Snowcatcher. The wheels began turning...
We realized we had a great opportunity to collaborate with Lincoln Public Schools to get warm blankets to students and their families.
The name "The Grumble Project" was the brain child of our friends at the Food Bank of Lincoln, who first coined it while we were collaborating on Puddin' at the Grumble at the Lied Center. At the center of that musical is "Wuzzlebutt", a stuffed purple llama who is a symbol of generosity and soon became the face of what would become Wuzzlewubbies, our now annual blanket drive!
In our first year, and with the help of our generous donors, we were able to deliver nearly 800 blankets to local schools where we also collaborate as teaching artists. The schools determine how and when to distribute the Wuzzlewubbies and make sure that they go directly from volunteers' hands to students.
Year one went so well we decide to make it official, and now The Grumble Project is its own nonprofit!
Fall is here, and winter will be here before you know it. We are currently accepting new or homemade blankets, twin-sized or larger, to be distributed in our local schools in the 2019 - 2020 school year. For more information please contact Petra here.