“Fourteen years ago, my granddaughter, Aliza, called and asked if I would help her make quilts for her Community Charity Project, a requirement for her Bat Mitzvah. She wanted to donate them to the Ronald MacDonald House. She hoped to make the children smile and to let the parents know that others cared about their children.
Together, we made over a dozen fleece quilts and were warmly and enthusiastically greeted when we brought them to the House. Soon after that, I decided that I, too, would make quilts and pillowcases and donate them in memory of my younger brother, Dr. Edward Steinlauf, who died of a rare lung cancer.
When I came to the House, and the volunteer saw my brother's name, she said, ’I knew him...and he would be so proud of what you are doing.’ and then we both cried. She then said, ‘It would be wonderful, and appreciated, if you continued doing this’... and I am still donating today, in hopes of bringing smiles to the kids and their parents.”
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