Someone Cares: Heart-Warmer

A Pennsylvania woman devotes her time and energy to creating fun fleece blankets for kids in a Shriner's hospital. And you can follow her example!

- Posted on Feb 11, 2016

An artist's rendering of a little girl in a wheelchair, with a comfy blanket covering her lap and legs

Winter can be brutal in my hometown—we’re regularly on the “most snowfall” lists. Six years ago I started Leece’s Fleeces, making and selling fleece blankets to earn extra money.

Last year I noticed that I had a lot of leftover material in my basement. I heard that the high school I graduated from was holding a benefit for our local Shriners Hospital. My cousin Eric received great care at that hospital when we were kids. The staff helped him walk with braces and gave him therapy for the juvenile arthritis in his wrists—a true gift for a kid who loved to draw.

Maybe kids in the hospital could use blankets, I thought. I gave Shriners a call—and got the go-ahead. I used my brightest colors and most fun patterns to add an extra dose of cheer.

The kids loved the blankets. And giving back to folks that helped my family? Well, that keeps me warm.

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