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Photo provided. WDC eighth-graders Mikena Formanek (left) and Kelsie Pierce (right) donated 50 handmade blankets to Shriners Hospital for Children as part of a project for FCCLA. At center is Lauren Herro, who gave them a tour of the hospital.

WDC students give back to Shriners

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Because her brother had received free surgical treatment as a kid at Shriners Hospital for Children in Minneapolis, Kelsie Pierce wanted to give back.

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Pierce and Mikena Formanek, eighth-graders at Wadena-Deer Creek, decided to make 50 fleece tie blankets and donate them to the hospital for other kids to use.

They purchased the fabric in September from JoAnn Fabrics in St. Cloud and had them all finished in time to take them to the hospital on Jan. 23.

The girls made the blankets in four sizes for babies, toddlers, elementary kids and teens.

"So when they go in there and they check in, then they can get it, and they can take it home with them too," she said.

Pierce and Formanek knew how to make blankets from making them with friends.

"We did a couple together before this too," she said.

The project was something the friends came up with as a project for Future Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), a school organization.

Pierce said the best part of the project was having the feeling inside of doing something good for the children who will go to the hospital, and help them feel more secure and at home.

Pierce and Formanek are with the other seventh- and eighth-graders at the Deer Creek school building after the June 17, 2010 EF4 tornado totaled the old high school building. They will start ninth grade at the new building currently under construction.

"That'll be fun," Pierce said.

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