Service: Utah Families Tie 150 Blankets for Children’s Hospital

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The Mom It Forward community has been busy this holiday season giving back and making a difference.

As a proud supporter of the first GivingTuesday event, taking place on Tuesday, November 27, we enlisted the help of more than 50 Utah families and several elementary-school classrooms to tie 150 fleece blankets.

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Volunteers cut fabric (thanks, Kathy from and Denise from Fancy Pants Portraits)...

Tying blankets for GivingTuesday

...and tied it, making beautiful blankets for children hospitalized over the holidays (thanks Adrian and the Carson Family featured at top and Aly and Cobi's daughters below).

Tying blankets for GivingTuesday

These blankets, which we delivered on December 19, benefited patients at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City. The children are given blankets after surgery or upon admission. They also benefited the kids who made them as Cobilynn Dickinson from Peace From Pieces shared:

My favorite moment was when we got home that night after tying blankets my girls, 12 and 10, said with excitement, "Guess what Mom? I tied 10 blankets" and the other one stepped in and said, "Well, I tied 14 blankets!" They were thrilled with what they were able to accomplish and how many kids they could help. Proud Mommy Moments.

Blankets to Primary Children's Hospital in Utah for GivingTuesday

What is GivingTuesday?

GivingTuesday is an organization founded by New York's 92nd Street Y among many other founding members. The purpose is to set aside a day during the holiday season to give. The date was deliberately set on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving so that it falls after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, allowing people to take a break from shopping, pause, and reflect on the meaning of the holiday season and identify ways to give and serve others.

Blogger Adrian Gentlicore from Adrian's Crazy Life shared how GivingTuesday is the perfect antidote to Black Friday:

The rampant commercialism  of Black Friday always leaves my holiday spirit feeling a little bruised and soiled. I think Giving Tuesday is the perfect antidote. Spending an evening with family and friends doing something wholesome and kind for other people is the perfect way to refresh my holiday spirit again.


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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.

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