Residents of Shepherd of the Valley-Niles were treated to a morning of Bingo and prizes last month through the efforts of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade girls from Girard Intermediate School.
The students have been donating their recess period since January to make fleece blankets, which they used as prizes for the bingo games. Students played bingo with the residents of Shepherd of the Valley recently and returned again that week with more blankets and more bingo games.
''More than 75 girls participated,'' said Pam Baker, school counselor. ''We had so many girls who wanted to come and so many blankets that we had to make two trips.
''We wanted to find a way that the girls could work together as well as to realize there's a lot of need in the community,'' Baker said.
The project was not mandatory, and the girls only were allowed to give up their recess time one day a week. The project, which began in January enabled the girls to make more than 100 blankets. In addition to playing bingo with SOV residents and offering the blankets as prizes, additional blankets were donated to area hospitals, pediatric wards and local families in need, Baker said.
Thirty blankets were delivered by the girls who then played bingo games with residents in the facility's cafeteria.
''They were so excited to come and do this,'' Baker said.
An additional 30 blankets and more students were expected at the facility today for another round of Bingo.
To help defray the cost of supplies for the blankets, the students held furnished, selling pink blankets for breast cancer awareness and Pittsburgh Steeler blankets, which they also made themselves.