Capstone Warms Hearts, Souls with Blankets

In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, more than 70 blankets will be delivered to kids and adults at St. Vincent de Paul thanks to a student-led effort by a Senior Capstone group.

Seniors Lauren Cartone, Marcie Meyers, Kelly Pleiman and Megan Stefan organized a blanket-making project after school on Wednesday, February 1.

“There are a lot of kids who come into the homeless shelter during this time of year, and we want them to have a warm blanket during the cold weather,” Meyers said. “Also we thought they would like getting a gift on Valentine's Day. We have also thrown around the idea of visiting a school or volunteering at St. Vincent at some point during the year so that we can have one-on-one interactions with the kids themselves.”

In 2016, a Senior Capstone group implemented a similar project, which the 2017 seniors said inspired them for their project this year.

“We wanted the blankets to go to a local area compared to the Cincinnati area last year,” Cartone noted.

Stefan agreed, “We chose to send our blankets to St. Vincent de Paul because we came across an article that showcased a drastic increase in children staying at the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter for Women and Children, which is right here in our backyard.  We wanted to make a change in our local community, and therefore we chose to provide for these kids who may not necessarily have a warm blanket this winter.”

“The blankets are three different sizes - small for babies, medium for the older kids and a larger size for the adults who are at the shelter,” added the group’s mentor, Emily Saunders.

Support for the group’s project was provided by the Dayton Catholic Women’s Club and Holy Angels School.

Saunders continued, “The hope is for a group to take over this project next year and have more one-on-one interaction with those in need in our community and how CJ students can impact students at other schools in Dayton.”

Posted February 11, 2017