Michaela Winterton had five or six fleece blankets along with a few dolls the first time she donated to Shriners Hospital in Salt Lake City at the encouragement of her mother, Kristen Winterton, of Lehi.
When their bishop invited their ward to do service for someone at the beginning of 2009, 10-year-old Michaela told her mom she wanted to donate fleece blankets to the hospital — 100 of them.
"I was thinking in my head, 'no way,' " Kristen wrote.?"We can't afford 100 polar fleece blankets, but I didn't want to discourage her so I said 'let's try.' "?
Michaela started asking family members and others for donations, and she got permission to have a fundraiser at school to collect quarters for quilts.
Slowly but surely, they had 104 blankets to donate on Oct. 14.
"One of the workers told her that this was the single biggest donation of blankets they had had in the 23 years she had worked there," Kristen wrote.