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Griffin Kerstetter and Annie Yonas, Sewing Quilts For The Homeless

Debbi Casini Klein
90.5 WESA

Read and listen to a story about Annie Yonas and Griffin Kerstetter as part of a series honoring the individuals who make a difference in people’s lives: 90.5 WESA Celebrates People Making a Difference.

Three years ago, when Annie and Griffin  were in second grade, they decided they wanted to do something to help the homeless stay warm in the winter.

It all started when one day when Griffin was listening to the president’s State of the Union Address, and she learned about unemployment and homelessness. At the same time, Annie was reading a book about homelessness. Then Griffin had an idea:

“I thought, I have a lot of extra t-shirts, and quilts are kind of pieces of fabric are sewn together, so what if we took t-shirts and cut them into quilts.”

They knew they needed a name for their project. At the time, Griffin couldn’t spell ‘Homeless,” it was easier for her to spell “Home Lost,” so the name stuck: The Home Lost Project.