As part of a recent Social Learning and Community Service project, students at The Salvation Army Livingston Avenue After School Learning Center made no-sew blankets for patients at Nationwide Children’s hospital. 23 students worked with staff over a three-day period to create warm, soft fleece blankets of comfort. The students really enjoyed the project and the chance to make a meaningful impact on the lives of other children in Central Ohio.
“One student, who was previously hospitalized herself for a medical condition, openly shared some of her experiences in the hospital,” shares Gabriella Cajuste, Livingston Avenue After School Learning Center Program Manager. “She was very enthusiastic about the blankets potentially going to some of her friends who are still at the hospital.”
According to Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Volunteer webpage, patients share that the home-made blankets are a patient favorite because receiving something that is handmade is a great way to know that someone cares.
The Salvation Army operates four After School Learning Centers in Central Ohio, providing academic support, achievement test preparation, tutoring and mentoring to students from Columbus City Schools in grades 1-8. There is also a summer enrichment and recreation component.