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SCV residents make blankets for kids in need

Locals groups partner with international charity to mend 130 cozy covers

Posted: February 10, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 10, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Blanket-making volunteers Mary K. Judy, left, and Sue Tweddell stack the scores of blankets made Sunday for the group Mending Kids International at NorthPark Community Church. Photo by Jim Holt.

More than 200 volunteers contributed to this warm and fuzzy story Sunday when they turned out in force to make “warm and fuzzy” blankets for children requiring surgery around the world.

Naomi Carmona-Morshead, spokeswoman for Mending Kids International, and her band of local men, women and children, set out to make 100 blankets for the cause at NorthPark Community Church Sunday afternoon and, after one hour of snipping and tying, churned out at least 130 blankets.

Joining her in the task were representatives of the Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley and the National Council of Jewish Women and at least two church groups to make blankets and care packages for patients of Mending Kids International.

“The Soroptimists, which I belong to, have been gathering all the material — the crayons and coloring books — through the months,” said Jeannie Atkins of the Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley.

“This is the third year and we are really pleased with the turnout,” she said. “This is the largest turnout that we’ve seen.”

One of the younger people helping out was Miss Santa Clarita Valley 1st Princess Pamela Campa.

“We’re here giving a day of service making blankets to go to children who are having surgery in other countries and for some kids in the United States,” Campa said. “It’s definitely about giving back to the community.”

Elizabeth and Haley joined her putting together a predominantly pink blanket, using scissors to snip along the edges, then tying them to a second fabric of equal length.

“It’s going to go to someone who really needs it,” Haley said.

Mending Kids International provides “life-changing surgical care to children worldwide,” according to its website.
Over the years, thousands of children have received corrective, transformationalsurgeries that have given them a chance at longer, healthier and happier lives, the group reports.

On Sunday, photos of some of last year’s young blanket recipients from around the world were pasted onto posters to remind volunteers why they turned out to help.

Volunteers didn’t need photos, however, to remind them of their work’s importance.

The guest of honor for Sunday’s blanket-making was a young woman named Faith, who underwent multiple surgeries made possible through Mending Kids International.
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