We were thrilled and thankful to receive this story from Alison, fourth grade teacher at St. Mary's School in Delaware, Ohio.
A Little Excitement Can Go a Long Way
Back in December, my 4th graders were doing some research on organizations that help out the needy. We came across one organization with a button that said, “Click Here to Donate.” The whole class erupted in the cheer, “Click the button!”
I told them we couldn’t donate unless we had money to give, and immediately kids were shouting out ideas of how to raise money. We decided to do a bake sale, and after doing some personal research the kids decided that My Very Own Blanket was the organization that they wanted to support. Some of the kids in my class are part of foster families, and they felt such a personal connection to this organization.
The next few weeks were filled with planning, preparing, making posters, researching recipes, and more. We ran a bake sale at each weekly Fish Fry at St. Mary’s during Lent. Each week kids baked treats, came to the Fish Fry, and greeted people from our church with smiles and information about My Very Own Blanket!
We were amazed by people’s generosity to us! After 6 weeks of bake sales, the kids were amazed by their grand total of $1,135 raised! They are so happy to give this money to support kids like them who need love and care!
We were very pleased recently to receive a special quilt, made by Becky in honor of Jean Spero, a 100-year-old quilter and former Chair of Otterbein University’s Department of Human Ecology. Becky made the quilt with cotton fabric from Jean’s supply.
Read the story in Becky's words below.
Thank you for your reception of the blanket I made in honor of the 100 year old, Jean Spero. She retired from Otterbein in 1991 after serving 13 years as an Assistant Professor of Home Economics and Chair of the Department of Human Ecology. One of her lasting contributions is the Otterbein Historic Costume Collection that she founded in 1985, the first pieces of the collection belonging to her own grandmother dating back to the first years of the 20th century. Jean sews every day and makes jackets. She has made many appliquéd bed quilts.
I've attached a picture of Jean in her sewing room. She has allowed me to come in and get whatever fabric I want (notice I didn't say need!). The blanket I made in her honor was from cotton fabric from her supply. I hope to continue to make more. I also attached a picture of Jean when I showed her the 'very own blanket' and how I was honoring her 100th birthday.
She's pretty incredible to me. She lives in her home alone, doesn't need a walker, reads, buys all fabric online, plants geraniums from seed each year.
Thank you for your encouragement and welcoming me on Friday. Let me know if you have any further questions.
Thanks for what you do through your dedicating and comfort to the children.
With regards, Becky
Jean Spero in her home sewing room.
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