Feeling the impact of seeing people living on the streets, Year 3 student Donovan J. was compelled to find a way to help the homeless population in the Chicagoland area. After taking part in the Project I Am: Blessings in a Backpack collection with his Year 2 class last year, he was inspired to dig deeper and ask what he could do to help others less fortunate on an ongoing basis.
Donovan chose to channel his efforts towards The Night Ministry, a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, health care and human connection to people struggling with poverty or homelessness. The Night Ministry is based in Bucktown, which would allow him to make an impact on the lives of people people living right in his own neighborhood.
He started making fleece blankets over the last few months and purposefully chose BISC Lincoln Park school colors to celebrate his connection with the school community. With just a few simple materials and some handy cutting and knotting skills, Donovan can usually complete one blanket in under three hours. He plans to continue making more blankets as these colder weeks ahead create greater need.
Moving forward he is excited to continue his work with The Night Ministry organization on Saturday mornings. Once a month he will volunteer his time sorting and organizing donations.
It's a joy to celebrate student success outside of the classroom, especially when it's inspired by a desire to make a positive impact on the world.
Find out more about The Night Ministry organization here.