KINGSTON — A group of Sanborn Regional High School students brought some much-needed cheer to residents of four local long-term care facilities just in time for the holidays.
The students delivered eighty fleece tie blankets that were made by members of the National Honor Society and Key Club to be given as gifts to residents at the Rockingham County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Brentwood, Colonial Poplin Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fremont, All American Assisted Living in Kingston, and RiverWoods in Exeter.
The students hoped the gifts would boost the spirits of residents, many of whom have been feeling lonely and isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sanborn senior Dacey Schreiber, 17, of Fremont, spearheaded the blanket project after seeing firsthand how difficult it’s been for the elderly residents through her work as a licensed nursing assistant at RiverWoods.
The project started out small, with plans to make about a dozen blankets, but donations poured in after a GoFundMe online fundraiser was created. The $1,300 raised allowed the students to purchase more fleece to make more blankets.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the students weren’t able to personally present the blankets to the residents, but in some cases, the staff delivered them while the students held signs wishing them a happy holiday season and brighter days ahead as they waved outside their windows.