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Child Garden in Oberlin collects PJs, blankets for county's foster kids

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    Students from Oberlin Child Garden Center collected blankets, pajamas, toys and comforters for children in Lorain County foster care. The students were able to raise a portion of the money necessary through their Big Business Club, where they sold products such as essential oils, to raise the funds.



OBERLIN — Children are helping other children this holiday season by providing warmth.

The Child Garden of Oberlin’s Ohio Virtual Academy elementary group — students enrolled in online home schooling who meet and study together — completed service projects together in the past, but wanted to do something different during December, Child Garden administrator Melanie Dove said Friday.

“There are 22 kids in this group and after Spacebound of LaGrange donated 200 light-up dolls, they wanted to do something else,” Dove said. “They are conscious of the need in our area and want to be a part of making other children feel good.”

That is when the idea to collect pajamas and blankets for Lorain County Children’s Services Foster Care program went into full motion.

The goal was to raise 200 pairs of pajamas and 200 blankets for children in Lorain County’s foster care system.

After creating a Facebook fundraising page Tuesday asking for pajamas, blankets and monetary donations, the items just started pouring in, Dove said.

“It just took off,” she said. “The event is important so that children feel like they are cared for and part of feeling safe is having clean basics, like blankets and PJs.”

On Tuesday, the goal was to raise $200 — however, by Friday, $1,045 had been raised. Additionally, the Big Business Club of Oberlin has raised more than $100 to be given to the cause; and the New London Eagles Auxiliary donated $200.

“All the cash will be used for the Lorain County Foster Care for whatever is needed for the children this holiday season,” Dove said.

Dove said that while the idea spearheaded from the Oberlin Garden Center, all of the centers in Lorain County are supporting the endeavor. Pajamas and blankets can be dropped off through Friday at the following:

 LaGrange Child Garden, 530 N. Center St.

 Wellington Child Garden, 835 Patriot Drive.

 Grafton Child Garden, 507 Main St.

 Oberlin Child Garden, 14910 state Route 58.

“The kids are amazed at how this is all playing out. This is teaching the kids so much,” Dove said. “This is teaching them skills for life, but most importantly to be kind and care for others.”

The items will be given to foster children after Friday.

Contact Melissa Linebrink at 329-7243 or Follow her on Twitter @MLinebrinkCT.

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