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Fashion students use skills to give back to the community


By Kayla Tucker – A&E/Features Editor

Next week students of the Grand Rapids Community College Fashion Department and members of the Fashion and Design Club will be presenting handmade creations to patients at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital and the Lemmon-Holton Cancer Pavilion at Spectrum Health.

About 10 quilts will be given to patients at the Lemmon-Holton Center as part of a service learning project for the class.

“I want (the patients) to feel like there’s people there for them…and know that we care,” Tia Sterling, 19, who has never made a quilt before, or donated something she made. “I think after we’re done with this project I want to continue to do it. It feels really good knowing you’re doing it for a good cause.”

As part of a special project, FAD club president Becky Skar is leading a group of students in making seven fleece tie blankets for patients at the Children’s Hospital.

“I think it’s really cool the skills we’ve learned in class, we can use them to make somebody’s day,” Skar said. “Showing someone how we use our time is really rewarding.”

The students will be giving the quilts and blankets to patients on Monday, April 27.

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