Eagle Village receives blanket donations from AARP

HERSEY - For kids with no possessions to call their own, the simple gift of a blanket can mean much more than something under which to keep them warm. For the kids at Eagle Village, receiving a homemade quilt or blanket can show they are loved.

“Some of these kids come to us with bags of personal items, but not much else,” said Lisa Spaugh, marketing coordinator at Eagle Village. “The blankets are given to them on their first Chapel visit, along with a Bible. Those are theirs to keep when they leave Eagle Village.”

To date, 150 children in Eagle Village have been given a homemade quilt. The blankets are typically made by church groups, individuals and quilt clubs. Recently, six blankets were received by Eagle Village, which were donated by the Midwestern Michigan AARP Chapter 2418.

“The blankets are made for them by someone who loves Eagle Village and who loves them,” Spaugh said. “Making blankets for these kids has become a community ministry.”

Spaugh said the blankets are genuinely appreciated by the kids who receive them.

“If you were to go into any of the houses in Eagle Village, you would see that the quilts are being used,” Spaugh said. “We do have bedding that we provide, but this is something special we can give to them.”

This is not the first time the AARP has donated blankets to Eagle Village.

“I really enjoyed making the blankets,” said Chapter 2418 representative Judy Dennis, who made the quilts. “It was nice for the kids and I’m happy to help them feel better.”

Dennis said each blanket took her about an hour and a half each to make and followed a twist tie pattern.

“I think it helps the kids to know they have something that is theirs,” Dennis said. “They have someone who cares enough about them they’d do something positive for them. It makes them feel good, and it’s something they get to keep for the rest of their lives.”

The AARP group, which has approximately 30 members, raised money to buy the material for the fleece Dennis then made into blankets.

“We like to do things like this,” Dennis said. “Our chapter deals with our community – it’s not a national thing.”