From Alyssa Stinson from Great Oak’s Interact Club.
"My first grade teacher started this project as a way to commemorate her aunt, who’s life ministry was making and giving blankets away to those in need, after she passed away. She started the project with just the 20 students in her classroom and in the last 8 years the project has grown from those 20 students to over 3000 students participating in the event every year around Valentine’s Day…hence the name, Blankets of Love. :)
The reason I decided to start this project at my school was because:
-I felt that I should give back to the hospital that I had my surgery at (CHSD) on my elbow because they were so kind and supportive.
-I saw a playroom for the cancer patients at the children’s hospital and I immediately thought of how fortunate I am to just have been there for a small surgery.
-I wanted a way to make an impact in the community, no matter how big or small…
I brought the ideas of this project to Carly Santiago, (club president), and she thought it was a great idea and wanted me to present the idea to the Rotary Club even before we had club meetings and the reaction was phenomenal. From then on, I took this project under my wing and have organized the project from day one. I started out knowing that this project was going to take loads of work and effort in order for it to be successful, and I have put in numerous hours to this project to make sure that I will be able to get the best / biggest impact possible.
The GOHS Interact Club is hosting two drives this spring to help those in need.
Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 14 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.
Rotary Club of Tenecula sponsors three Interact clubs: Lindfield Interact, Great Oak Interact and TVHS Interact.
Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community.