Left to right: Ashley Nguyen, Saba Ahmed, and Jayme Barnett, of Souderton Area High School; Kirsten King, manager of the Penn Medicine Transplant House; and transplant recipient Mark Barnett.
Coming up with the theme for their service project – raising awareness of organ and tissue transplant –wasn’t too hard for Jamie Barnett and other members of the Future Business Leaders of America club in Souderton Area High School. Her father, Mark, had undergone a successful liver transplant at HUP last September.
The group’s project comprised two parts: raising money to buy the material to buy material and make blankets for transplant patients and their families (“My father was always cold when his liver was shutting down,” Jamie said), and a basket bingo fundraiser . All told, the FBLA members – and their classmates – made 100 blankets and netted more than $5,000. The group donated the money and blankets to several transplant-related organizations, including the Clyde F Barker Penn Transplant House.
On each of the 25 blankets blanket given to the Transplant House was a tag that read “The best kind of sleep beneath heaven above, is under a blanket, handmade with love. From the FBLA and The Barnett Family.” The group also donated $1,000.
“We wanted to let people know we were thinking about them,” Jamie said.