Stuffing, sewing and stitching add up to changing lives for Oak Lawn teen
A little stuffing, sewing and stitching has gone a long way to helping many people.
Sarah Dynia of Oak Lawn, has the carefree spirit of a typical, 17-year-old junior who walks the halls at Mother McAuley High School.
But when the bell rings to signify school is out, Dynia’s work in the community begins.
For that enduring effort, she recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award with a letter signed by President Barack Obama.
She’s barely of the legal of 18 and already she can boast she is the founder and president of her own company — Stuffed Love.
“Stuffed Love is dedicated to caring for others,” Dynia said. “We do this by making hand-stitched stuffed pillows in various shapes and sizes which we distribute to organizations and people. The scope of Stuffed Love is not limited; we help veterans, seniors, the developmentally disabled, homeless and sick children in hospitals.”
The idea hatched from acts of kindness from her father, Mark.
“When my dad would travel for work, he’d always send me a stuffed animal,” Dynia said. “As I clutched them, I felt loved. I wanted others to feel that. But I make it personal by hand-stitching them.”