City: Orchard Lake
Kudos: Warm Fuzzies
Though Natalie Stern, 13, of Orchard
Lake participates in mitzvot activities
through Hillel Day School of Metropolitan
Detroit and with her parents Joan and
Kenneth Stern and her brother Andrew,
16— she wanted to do something special
for her bat mitzvah project. Her family has
been touched by cancer, so when she read
about the "Warm Fuzzies" program at the
University of Michigan Comprehensive
Cancer Center in Ann Arbor, she got to
work. In about 10 days, she bought mate-
rial and made 21 fleece blankets with
nges to be given to cancer patients
undergoing treatment. The blankets —
rolled in baskets and flower-like with their
fringes — adorned the bimah during her
bat mitzvah Aug. 21 at Congregation Beth
Natalie Stern shows off a basket of her handmade blankets.
How did you find out about the proj-
"I read in the Michigan Cancer
Center newsletter that they needed peo-
ple to make blankets to be given to
patients undergoing chemotherapy and
radiation. I called for information, and
they gave me the measurements for the
blankets. I bought the material and bai-
cally chose patterns for different age
provide comfort and warmth for those
To learn more about how individuals and
groups can support the Warm Fuzzies
program or to obtain instructions and a
supply list, visit
www cancer. med. umich.edu/about/vo
What happened when you delivered
How did you tie the blanket project to
your bat mitzvah?
"In my haftorah, God is comforting
the people after the destruction of both
temples. In my dvar Torah, I talked
about how, with God's help, I could
"We had a tour of the building and
they told us when a patient had treat-
ment, they got a blanket to take home."
How did you feel after dropping off the
"It felt great to know I was making a
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