Beyond Blankets

Tea McGilvray, Staff Writer


Allen High School students have found a new way to connect a variety of different personalities to the community: making blankets.

The Blanket Buddies club makes blankets for various organizations. They meet the second Tuesday of every month in A106. The club was started by senior Mary Mikula and sponsored by her mother, Christine Mikula, a teacher at Lowery Freshman Center. Their current project is making blankets for the Heritage Assisted Living Facility.

“Knowing that our first round of blankets is going to a nursing home, they have a special place in my heart,” Christine said. “Anytime you can do something, service to others, it’s a good thing.”

According to Mary, the club was made for those who enjoy community service, and claims it’s also about giving back.

“I’m in clinicals, I work in nursing homes and they [the elders] really enjoy getting things from students,” Mary said. “I thought this would be really nice to do for them.”

Blanket Buddies is an opportunity for anyone, regardless of skill level, to make blankets. Christine said that she is not crafty, but that’s what makes the club so unique. Not only do the several skills come together to make it different, but the variety of members in the club who are there for many different individual reasons.

“I simply wanted to make blankets for people who deserve extra love,” junior Jennifer Peters said.

AHS Blanket Buddies will make their very first distribution of blankets in December to the Heritage Assisted Living Facility.

“I can’t wait to see their reactions when they receive the blankets.” Mary said. “I’m so glad that we have the opportunity to provide joy and happiness to members of the Allen community.”