Stateline Strong: East High Students Make Blankets For Babies at SwedishAmerican


Students at Rockford East High School are crafting blankets to give to young patients who may need a little extra comfort during their stay in the hospital. It is their willingness to give back to their community that makes them “Stateline Strong.”

Academy ambassadors at East High said they were brainstorming ways to reach out and strengthen relationships with organizations that serve others when they came up with the idea to make blankets for children in the baby and pediatric units at SwedishAmerican hospital.
 High School Junior, Kerrigan Turek, told Eyewitness News one blanket delivery, in particular, stood out.

“Specifically there was a little boy in the pediatric unit. He was actually blind. When we gave him the blanket, he just held it. You could tell he immediately felt comforted and was definitely really happy. It was definitely heartwarming,” Turek recounted.  

Local craft stores donated materials to make the blankets.

East High School students made a total of 17 blankets over their winter break.

Turek said they also chose SwedishAmerican due to the six-year partnership the hospital has had with the school. SwedishAmerican helps students job shadow individuals in the medical field if they are interested in a career in medicine. 

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