Students in Ohio State University’s 2021 SpringForward summer enrichment program participated in this Zoom event and created 34 blankets for MVOB. Normally this is a residential program with in-person classes held during the summer after students complete their first year. This summer the program is completely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These are students from across the country who began at Ohio State in autumn 2020 and are taking summer classes and participating in events such as this one that work to build community, foster connections, and develop as Ohio State students.
Thanks to OSU and the SpringForward program for providing hope and love for children in foster care.
We are grateful to Erika, a former foster child who found us through a volunteer program sponsored by her employer, Chase Bank, for sharing a little of her story with us. Erika, her family, and her Chase family are now MVOB Blanket Angels!
I was placed in foster care at an older age, 13. I had nothing personal of my own. My Very Own Blanket means so much to me because I know the feeling of not having anything of my own in a new home. This will give foster kids something of their own that was crafted with care and a hope that things will get better.
It means even more to me that these blankets will be donated to the very organization where I was placed, in my own county where it all began!
I was very fortunate and pushed for a better life after I was out of the system. I wish that when I was placed someone would have given me a blanket to hold tight through my first night! This is something that is so close to my heart and that I can share my experiences with my own children to get involved in for years to come!
My family has ordered blanket kits and are working on them! My Chase family has been generous enough to make blankets as well to help support me on this journey! I'm hoping to do this every year from this day forward! Thank you for all that you do and all that you stand for. Erika
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