Second graders at Our Lady of Consolation in Rockford have lent their hands to help with a special quilt.
Actually -- they’ve lent their handprints.
On a recent fall afternoon, the 30 children dipped their hands in paint and then placed them on quilt blocks, making one-of-a-kind prints that will be sown together into a very unique blanket.
The students’ pastor, Father Tony Russo, even put his handprints on a block, and so did associate pastor Father Stephen Durkee and Deacon Jim Hessler.
With the paint now dry, a volunteer is donating her expertise and assembling the quilt so that it can be sold as a fundraiser.
Stitch all these aspects of this quilt together, add the fact that these students are preparing for their first communion, and you have one special keepsake celebrating a memorable year – a keepsake which will warm both body and heart.