Ohio family Thanksgiving tradition distributes blankets for 6 years

The Kessling family began a six-year donation tradition and grew it into a non-profit organization called #WarmHearts.

Toledo, Ohio — Holidays often bring family traditions. However, a family in Oregon has a Thanksgiving tradition that has warmed their hearts for years.

Most people spend Thanksgiving with their families. But 12-year-old Olivia Kesling has done something else for the past six years.

“I’m giving out blankets today. I used to give out small bags with blankets, coats, gloves and hats,” she said.

Olivia’s mother, Lee Ann, said she knew from an early age that Olivia wanted to help others.

“When she was six, she came to us with a piggy bank and wanted Toledo to drop her down. She said that there are people who need it more than she does. So I was able to walk around and make money. “Lee Ann said.

At that time, Lee Ann had just learned to sew. So they combined that skill with the spirit of Olivia and began to make blankets for those in need.

And the family said that the effort helped the community and met so many wonderful people in the process.

“We just don’t like donating or dropping things,” said Lee Ann. “It’s really great to talk to people about their lives.”

Olivia said that for many of the people she met, she needed a simple blanket.

“It makes me feel really happy because it helps change the world,” she said.

They handed out blankets at the Toledo Evangelical Rescue Mission Church. There was a free Thanksgiving meal for the community.

Rev. John Neely said it was the first since 2019 after canceling last year due to a pandemic. And he says some familiar faces are missing from the table because of the virus.

But the food itself is more than just food.

“It affects their lives,” Neely said. “When you reach out and feed someone, it creates a family, even if they don’t need food and they come here and we feed them.”

Whether it’s a blanket or a Thanksgiving meal, people like the Kessling family are grateful to be able to give others this holiday.

If you would like to donate or support #WarmHearts, please visit: oliviaswarmhearts.org Or its Facebook page.

Ohio family Thanksgiving tradition distributes blankets for 6 years

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