Kelly Maria’s project in Landmark Education’s self-expression and leadership program was to form Hearts at Home, a group that provides hand-sewn fleece blankets to children newly in foster care. According to the Martinez News-Gazette of Martinez, California, Maria initiated the project because of her love of children.
â€œI did a little digging, learned about kids entering the foster care system in Contra Costa and thought it would be meaningful to make them blankets, to show someone cares during what I would imagine is a very traumatic time,” she told the newspaper. “Hearts at Home will provide these precious children with a fleece blanket made especially for them.â€
In conjunction with friends Ellen Barber and Carolyn Johnson, Maria and Hearts at Home has raised $1000 for the blankets, with $400 more to come, which will lead to 100 hand-sewn blankets going to children new to foster care. Organized sewing sessions are beginning to take place – for more information about Hearts at Home, call 925-817-0962.