Divine Child students make blankets for Farmington Hills charity

Students at Divine Child Elementary School in Dearborn recently gathered for a one-day event to make no-sew fleece blankets for Fleece & Thank You (F&TY), a Farmington Hills nonprofit that provides comfort to hospitalized children.

Mariam Bedram
Mariam Bedram (Divine Child)

The students from three fifth-grade classes and three sixth-grade classes gathered throughout the day in the lunchroom to hand-tie 85 blankets with recorded messages of hope. F&TY will deliver them to Michigan hospitals. 

“Our students were eager to make blankets and further Fleece & Thank You’s mission to comfort children facing treatment in hospitals,” Daniela Tuohey, religion teacher and event organizer, said in a press release. “The students enjoy connecting with the community, and this is a meaningful and hands-on way for them to give back. We are proud that their work can spread a little bit of happiness.”

Brody McNamara and Elijah Lewis
Brody McNamara and Elijah Lewis (Divine Child)

The event was especially meaningful for F&TY’s Director of Operations Alyssa Dorchak, who is a graduate of the Catholic school.

Bridget Griffin
Bridget Griffin (Divine Child)

“It’s invigorating seeing all these students from Divine Child come together for other kids who are in need of support and encouragement, and I appreciate all of the hard work they put into their blanket making event,” Fleece & Thank You founder and executive director Nicholas Kristock said. “Something as simple as a warm, colorful blanket can give kids and their families a reason to smile and have hope during an uncertain time.”

Bianca Balanean & Luca Richee
Bianca Balanean and Luca Richee (Divine Child)

F&TY’s signature program is the blanket-making event. Individuals, families, corporations and community groups host more than 400 blanket-making events every year to help F&TY achieve its goal of making 30,000 fleece blankets – one blanket for every child in Michigan that goes into the hospital for inpatient treatments.

Every blanket F&TY provides also has a personal video message attached to it from the blanket maker to the recipient, who can then send a “thank-you” message back to the maker.

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