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Lucy Blaylock

Gallatin, Tennessee

Lucy Blaylock, 11, of Gallatin, Tennessee, a fifth-grader at Union Elementary School, has made more than 375 hand-sewn “Love Blankets” for children around the world who, due to a variety of life challenges, need a little extra love. After learning to sew, Lucy made a blanket for a friend for her birthday. It made her feel so good when she delivered the gift, she said, “I thought it would be nice to give more kids blankets that would help them feel loved.”

With her mother’s assistance, Lucy asks people who visit her Instagram account to nominate a child who could benefit from one of her Love Blankets. “People nominate children for many different reasons,” she said. “Some are sick, have disabilities, have lost a parent or a sibling, are being bullied or are lonely.” When Lucy receives a nomination, she studies the child’s story and picks just the right fabric for his or her blanket, sews the pieces together, stitches on a little heart, and then sends it off. Many people have donated money to help Lucy pay for materials and shipping, and she sometimes gets help with the sewing from family members and other young people. Most of her blankets have been shipped to kids in more than 13 countries overseas, but Lucy also delivers some locally, including to students at her school. “It makes me happy to do something to make someone else feel happy and loved,” she said. “I think if we could all think of things we can do to be kind, the world would be a better place.”