For a few minutes each day, these middle schoolers are spending their free time creating dozens of fleece blankets. Matt Holsen:
Are they pretty hard to make? Emma Noyes:
No, they're easy. You just get cloth and cut it up and tie them.
Teacher Sherri Sherard organizes this school-wide effort. It's a project that's been going on for more than 20 years. This year, 166 children being served by the Heartland House will receive a blanket and a gift for Christmas. Sarah Miller is happy to be chipping in.
"It makes me feel really good and it gives you a sense of satisfaction when you know you're doing something good to help your community," Miller said.
So far, students have made 133 blankets and one gift has been checked off the Heartland House wish list. Edison students will continue to have fundraisers to pay for more fleece and presents.
"Just two weeks ago, the 8th grade had a bake sale where we sold cookies, cakes and cupcakes. All that kind of stuff," Noyes said.
8th grader Emma Noyes says the hard work is totally worth it.
"Yes, because some kids don't have the other things that we have. It's great to give back because we don't know what they're going through," Noyes said.
At least now, the children without homes this Christmas, will be covered with a few warm gifts.
The students' work is a part of Project Warm-Up. Over the past 11 years, more than 18,000 blankets have been delivered to children and families in need through a variety of organizations. The 12th Annual blanket-making party is scheduled for Saturday, December 9th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sonia Sotomayor Elementary.
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Middle school students at Edison are trying to make a difference in the lives of homeless families this winter. 6th, 7th and 8th graders are raising money to buy gifts and make blankets for each child getting help from the Heartland House.