Westerville 16-year-old

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Kristen at a recent blanket party at her house where she and her friends spent the night making no-sew blankets for the Ronald McDonald House.

In March of 2008, Kristen's grandmother, Mary Mondillo, passed away from bone cancer. She had suffered from it for 2 1/2 years. One of the few ways that Kristen was able to offer comfort to her before she died was to make her a no-sew fleece blanket. She took it to all her tests and slept with it every night.

In September of 2008, Kristen toured the Ronald McDonald House here in Columbus. She was so touched by that visit that she chose the house to receive the blankets she had continued making after her grandmother had died. She wanted to offer her blankets to not only the children that were sick, but also to their siblings staying at the house.

Kristen has delivered 195 no-sew fleece blankets to the house. She started off delivering three blankets a month, increased that number to five and is now meeting her commitment of 10 per month. Kristen has had several blanket parties at her house. She has attend blanket parties at other people's homes and has even held a blanket party at the Westerville Public Library.

When she held her first blanket party at her house, an air horn was sounded every time a blanket was completed. The girls asked at the end of the night when she would be having another party. When the party at the library was held, there were DeSales students, St. Charles students, teachers, neighbors and even people she didn't know.


Nominated by Barbara Sellan,

Kristen's mother