Sophomore Ditscheit Makes Blankets, ‘Pays It Forward’

Sophomore Ditscheit Makes Blankets,  Pays It Forward

Kimberly Uelmen, Guest Writer, Editor of NDA News

The following is reprinted from the official NDA website.

On Wednesday, January 24 and Thursday, January 25 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at NDA, sophomore Sydney Ditscheit and her friends cut and tied fleece blankets and made cards to donate to the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wis.

As a result, Discheit received a $500 Summer of Service grant from Youth Service America and The Walt Disney Company.

Ditscheit was inspired to lead this project after she was in a UTV accident in 2016. She was airlifted to the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, where she spent three days, and, while there, received a tied fleece blanket.

“Months later, my friends and I were trying to think of a way we can serve our community and make a difference to others,” said Ditscheit. “When I saw the blanket I received from the hospital, it hit me that that’s how we can help.”

Following this, she and her friends led a fundraiser at NDA to raise money to buy blanket fabric. “I also applied the Summer of Service grant so that we could make even more blankets for the patients,” she said. “I had little expectation of receiving the grant, but, to my surprise, I received an email saying we got the grant!”

The group delivered the blankets and the cards to the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison on January 27 and 28.