Spreading the warmth

Lauren Mikos (left) and Kelli Ahern, members of the Shepard High School Leo Club, work on a fleece blanket that was one of several club members made for babies born prematurely at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, above.

The service project connects to faculty co-sponsor Meghan Hurley, whose son was born 10 weeks early and spent an extended period in the natal intensive care unit at Little Company in 2011. Someone had donated a fleece blanket to her son, so Hurley thought the Leo Club might like to help her return the favor.

Leo Club member Nancy Lesnicki stands next to a stack of fleece blankets, left. Leo Club members Kevin Martin and Kiersten Mahler work on fleece blankets, below.