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Teen spearheads project

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sydney Blair Sebastian poses with the first blanket she made for her Blanket Diva project. The Monett seventh grader has launched a campaign to make 50 blankets for children in Joplin affected by the May 22 tornado.
Calling herself the Blanket Diva, a 12-year-old girl from Monett is making blankets for children in Joplin who were victims of the tornado.

Sydney Blair Sebastian said she is always looking for something to do to help others and was particularly affected by the devastation left by the tornado that rocked Joplin in May.

"I came up with the idea to make blankets for the children who were affected by this catastrophe," said Sydney, who is a seventh grader at Monett Middle School.

Sydney's goal is to collect enough donations to purchase materials to create 50 blankets in time for distribution during the holidays. The blankets, which cost $8 each to make, are double-sided with one side cotton and the other made with a soft, fuzzy fabric.

So far, Sydney has raised $80. She has completed five blankets so far, which took about an hour to finish.

Donations to assist Sydney with her Blanket Diva project can be mailed to Sydney Blair Sebastian, 633 Morlan Ave., Monett MO 65708. Sydney said she appreciates any and all donations.

When Sydney is not making blankets, she loves to dance, play softball, swim, listen to music, read, watch movies and hang with her family, friends and her bulldog, Kalifornia.

Sydney is the daughter of Tina and Chris Sebastian, of Monett.

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