Thanks to approval and help provided by Vickie Zobrist, College of St. Mary (CSM) Campus Ministries, and Cheryl Hawkins, Activities Coordinator at Mercy Villa, the CSM Do Unto Others (DUO) Club planned, coordinated, and participated in an Intergenerational Project. Marissa Ruhl, DUO President took the lead in recruiting and organizing the event and ensuring its success.
The Blankets & Blessings project was proposed by Zoe Baumel, UNL Graduate Student, as part of a doctoral project in developing an intergenerational program to bring youth and elders together for fun, conversation, and interaction while creating no-sew blankets to be donated to youth in need. An anonymous donor was located and provided funding for supplies and materials to create the blankets together as a fun yet community service oriented activity.
And, although all were focused on creating blankets, much sharing, fun, and interaction was apparent by all the smiles and chatter! Sisters and students alike will look forward to another session of the Blankets & Blessing Intergenerational Project to be scheduled in the Fall.
Thank you to Zoe Baumel,
UNL Graduate Student and
UNO & UNMC Alumna as well as Mercy Associate in Omaha
Sr. Mary Wilma Wolf, pictured in the blue jacket and veil, a native of Little Cedar, Iowa continues to volunteer by teaching two groups of women to crochet, despite her very diminished vision. Sister Mary Wilma was born in 1918 and graduated from Mount Mercy Junior College in 1943, obtaining bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa. She taught at Mount Mercy for more than 40 years and retired in 1988. She enjoys volunteering at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, crocheting baby blankets and prayer shawls, and sharing her crocheting talents with special friends.
Sr. Mary Wilma currently lives at Sacred Heart Convent in Cedar Rapids.