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Way to Go! Eviana Holmes and Miranda Rago of Selden

Miranda Rago, left, and Eviana Holmes present a

Miranda Rago, left, and Eviana Holmes present a handmade patriotic lap blanket to veteran Irving Fuchs, 95, at Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Commack. Photo Credit: Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Two Selden students recently warmed the hearts of local military veterans by quilting a collection of patriotic patchwork blankets.

Eviana Holmes and Miranda Rago, both 14, stitched two dozen quilts for veterans at the Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Commack, where Rago has served as a volunteer. Her mother also has worked there for 27 years.

The students, both members of Troop 590, tackled the project as part of their Silver Award, the highest award earned by a Girl Scout Cadette.

“They did so much for our country, and this was our way to give back,” Rago said.

Holmes and Rago made the quilts from squares of denim cut from about 300 jeans donated by family and friends.

Each lap blanket was decorated with American flags and other symbols, as well as messages of gratitude for the veterans’ service.

“Reaching out to remember our veterans with their beautiful handmade gifts has touched the lives of our residents and staff,” said Dawn Lettau, Gurwin’s therapeutic recreation director. “We are grateful they chose to honor our courageous veterans in such a unique way.”

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