A Seaford teen who suffers from an autoimmune disease has been spreading warmth to those who are sick or have experienced a loss.
Meredith Kass, a senior at Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale, was diagnosed last year with systemic lupus erythematosus , a disease in which the body's immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue.
Kass subsequently launched a project, called Meredith's Favorite Blanket, in which she started making blankets that were sent to individuals, including hurricane victims, in Texas, survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida, and children at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan.
So far, the project has seen more than 450 blankets made by Kass, her friends and family, and such area groups as Seaford Middle School's National Junior Honor Society, Kellenberg's varsity cheerleading team, and Kellenberg's CROSS (Christians Reaching Out Spreading Spirituality) organization.
"It's very touching to see how involved the community wants to be in making the blankets," said Kass, 17. "Blankets are meant to provide comfort, and when those that are sick and in need receive them, I think that comfort is multiplied since they know someone specifically made the blanket to make them feel better."
Kass is a member of her school's varsity cheerleading team and Marianist Mentor group. She is also a eucharistic minister and teaches religion education.