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Blankets bring comfort to children in crisis

By Angie Manzanares

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Feb. 9 2012 5:04 p.m. MST

TAYLORSVILLE — National Honor Society students at Taylorsville High School are helping local babies and toddlers in need, one quilt at a time.

Several days a week, NHS members gather together to craft quilts that will eventually end up in the hands of children in crises. The project — which came together easily, according to Kathy Winters, Taylorsville High School's career center advisor — is the result of a "perfect storm."

"It just all seemed to make sense, and I thought, why not?" Winters said.

A friend of Winters' recently decided to close the doors to her fabric shop with yards and yards of fabric to spare. Around the same time, Winters began working on another project outside of school, using her time to gather items for women's shelter hygiene kits. Not long after, it dawned on her that honor society students are usually in need of community service hours, so she decided to bring all three situations together to benefit the community.

The students now meet nearly every afternoon to fashion fabric and yarn together to create blankets and quilts that are included in the hygiene kits distributed at women's shelters. The blankets provide much-needed comfort to children who accompany their mothers to the women's shelter.

NHS President Aurora Jones said she enjoys working on the blankets, and added that crafting the quilts reminds her that things are not always as they seem.

"I think everyone can related to someone in crisis," Jones said. "Everyone has a situation. Things may look perfect on the outside, but most everyone can relate."

Aurora also added that she still has a small blanket from her childhood she keeps close to her and said she and other students could be creating something that will stay with a child for a lifetime.

"They could keep this blanket forever. It's things like this we take for granted. It may seem small, but to someone in need, it isnt," she said.

The group creates roughly one quilt per day on average and hopes to have 25 completed by mid-March. The blankets are donated to one of 14 women's shelters throughout Utah.

Angie Manzanares is a former teacher and journalist. She currently works for the Granite School District as a public relations specialist. Her hobbies include photography, graphic design, dancing, and screaming at Jazz games.

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