U-CF in MLK Day of Service

More than 230 volunteers, students and adults, packed the cafeteria at Unionville Elementary School to provide blankets for patients at the AI duPont Institute during the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service.

And at Hillendale Elementary School, volunteers were preparing lunches for select beneficiaries as part of the day’s activities.

A finished product

A finished product

This was the first MLK Day of Service for Unionville’s Principal Michelle Lafferty. She said the day, and the school’s project — Blankets for Buddies — fit perfectly with what UES has been doing this school year.

“We’ve been working on empathy and kindness. What a better way to show that than by making blankets for children in a hospital?”

With help from adults, two blankets were put together, one on top of the other, and then the edges were cut into strips and tied together.

Lafferty said the blankets were to be delivered that afternoon with cards saying “With love from UE.”

She said blanket kits were purchased with money raised by collecting coins. Not all the money was used for the blankets. The extra money will be used to buy items on the AI duPont wish list.

“The kids are very excited,” Lafferty said.

Hillendale Elementary School students make place mats to go with the lunches sent to Safe Harbor in West Chester.

Hillendale Elementary School students make place mats to go with the lunches sent to Safe Harbor in West Chester.

Also during the Jan. 16 service commitment to the late civil rights leader, volunteers at Hillendale were doing what they’ve been doing for years.

HES Principal Steve Dissinger said they were making 300 lunches for Safe Harbor of Chester County in West Chester, and 110 quarts of soup for the Meals on Wheels program of Catholic Social Services in West Grove.

Safe Harbor is a non-profit organization that provides housing, food and access to support services in a structured environment for homeless single men and women in Chester County.


About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.



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