DECATUR – “Peter Pan” creator J.M. Barrie donated proceeds from the stage play to the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London in perpetuity, providing that institution with funds to this day.
When anyone produces a version of “Peter Pan,” according to the production notes, they are strongly encouraged to find a way to contribute to their own community in the same spirit, and when Holy Family School recently performed the play, they took that charge seriously.
Students used the proceeds from admissions to buy blanket kits which they donated to the pediatrics ward at Decatur Memorial Hospital.
“I know if I got one of these, I'd feel really comforted by it,” said Hannah Hollis, as she and Rachel Smith worked together to make a “Frozen” themed blanket. Hannah had a specific technique for tying the fringe that she said she learned from a friend, that's supposed to guarantee the knot won't come undone.
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Christine Smith, who teaches music at Holy Family and directed the play, said the blankets are given to children who have to stay the night or longer at the hospital as a way to provide them with something to hold and keep during what can be a scary experience. She was able to buy a large quanitity of the blanket kits with the proceeds from the play, and students took over classrooms and hallways throughout the school last week to put them together.
Besides fulfilling Barrie's request, Smith said, it also gave the students a chance to provide a service to others.
“It's a way for us to do something for our community,” said Becca Creek, who portrayed Peter in the play, as she and a classmate worked on a blanket together.