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Tie Blankets for Children

Los Osos 4-H | San Luis Obispo County Status: Complete Categories: Citizenship, Social and Emotional Health Youth Leader: Justine | Age: 15Youth Leader: Nalani | Age: 15

This project provided 125 blankets to children in two different hospitals.These hospitalized kids are not home and miss the comforts of being home. These blankets bring them comfort and give them something to call their own in the hospital.

What has 4-H done?

We bought 250 yards of fabric and made tie blankets for children in hospitals. We prepared and gave a presentation to about ten other 4-H clubs in our county and two Rotary clubs. Our club and our families helped us "prep" the blankets, cutting the strips in the sides so other kids could tie them at county events. We talked to the Home Economics Committee and received permission to supervise a community service room at the Food and Arts Celebration. Kids from all over the county helped us complete 75 blankets that day. We still had another fifty to do, so we contacted the San Luis Obispo County 4-H office and asked if we could set up again at Field Day. They gave us the green light and we got prepping once again. We finished our last fifty blankets that day and it was such a good feeling.

We then planned to deliver 105 blankets to Children's Hospital of Central California. We got to hand-deliver about thirty of the blankets to kids in that hospital. A few weeks later, we donated the last twenty to a local hospital in San Luis Obispo, Sierra Vista Regional Hospital. Our efforts were covered by the local newspaper and television station.

. . . the parents in the hospital with them looked so tired and happy that someone was doing that for their kid. It was genuine appreciation.

The Impact

At the county workdays, many kids expressed how much they liked tying the blankets. When parents and community members asked us about our project they agreed that it was a great project. The kids that received the blankets were really happy when they got them. Also, the parents in the hospital with them looked so tired and happy that someone was doing that for their kid. It was genuine appreciation. Afterwards, we expressed how much we enjoyed delivering blankets to the kids.