January 8, 2014
Updated Jan 8, 2014 at 7:56 AM EDT
Kenmore, N.Y. (WKBW) - A warm blanket can bring comfort to anyone but it is the love that goes into these blankets that is helping those who need it most.
“This is called Blankets of Love. It started in third grade when my aunt got cervical cancer and I go the idea to make blankets for her and others who were receiving treatment, “ Seventh Grader Anna Stang said.
Founder of Blankets of love Anna Stang continued her efforts through the years and has given away hundreds of blankets. She and her mom provide and cut the fabric. Then, students at St. John the Baptist School pitch in. Linda Garrity is a teacher at Anna's School
“What the kids do is get together at the community room. Forty to 50 people get together and make blankets,” Garrity said.
Garrity also has a son, Cameron Garrity, who suffers from Mitochondrial Disease.
“It affects the Mitochondria. It's supposed to create good energy in your cell but instead it poisons your system,” Cameron Garrity said.
Garrity, 23, enjoys his blanket on the days he doesn't feel well. He said it gives him comfort, especially on trips to the hospital.
“When you have something like a blanket like this and gives you a part of home it reminds you that people are there for you,” Cameron Garrity said.
Stang said this is something she will continue to do for people like Garrity.
“I just love doing this because I love to see how people react and I love to see other people happy. They deserve happiness because they are going through hard times,” Stang said.
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