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Stroke victim makes blankets for Ronald McDonald House as part of physical therapy

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Kelly Schnitz Meyer & Janet Barnes make blankets for the Ronald McDonald House charity (Credit: KMOV) Kelly Schnitz Meyer & Janet Barnes make blankets for the Ronald McDonald House charity (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – This week’s ‘Harris Hero’ is a woman who makes blankets for the Ronald McDonald House as part of physical therapy.

Kelly Schnitz Meyer is Janet Barnes’ occupational therapist at Provision Living at St. Louis Hills.

“When she [Barnes] came to our case load was right at the time that I think she was in search of something,” Meyer said. “Now that she is a resident at this facility she was really looking for some way to give back.”

Barnes has always been a giving person. In fact, she has a real heart for the Ronald McDonald House and when she got to Provision Living she started putting collection boxes all over the place, but she wanted to do more.

“I contacted the Ronald McDonald House and just asked about different ways we could contribute to their organization,” said Meyer. “One of the ways that was suggested was the making of these blankets, which are donated to the kids who are in the hospital.”

The tied fleece blankets were the perfect project for Janet, who had a stroke that affected her right side. Making the blankets is also physical therapy.

“It encourages both hands to work together and the end result is she really did regain significant use of her right arm,” Meyer said.

As word of Barnes’ handiwork spread so did the interest of other residents. One-by-one her neighbors chipped in to help.

“It’s like a factory line now,” Executive Director Angela Miller said. “They’re whipping out the blankets a couple a week now.”

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