Skip to Content

Sheldon, IA students create hand-made items for seniors at local long-term care center

Remaining Ad Time Ad - 00:00
Sheldon students paintings

SHELDON, Iowa (KTIV) -- We can all use a little extra joy these days, especially for those still most vulnerable to COVID-19. A local Siouxland high school is looking to do just that with some hand-made items, made with love.

"Just hoping to bring a light to them," said Levi Letsche, Sheldon High School FCA Huddle Leader.

Three wooden crosses, Hello Sunshine, and a panda bear. They're just a few of the bright paintings you'll see lined up at Sheldon High School.

The idea came from Junior Megan Jager, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She works at Sanford Senior Care, a long-term care center in Sheldon, and she noticed they weren't getting as many visitors.

"They need a little bit more color and I thought it would be nice to give back and make sure that they know there are people who are praying for them and caring about them," said Megan Jager, Sheldon High School Junior.

Each of the care center's 40 residents will get a painting, a handwritten card and an Easter devotional.

"It's been really, really cool," said Letsche. "She kind of threw it out. In that meeting, a lot of students were like, 'hey this is cool. we should try doing this.' So we got a bunch of stuff ordered."

For a month, about 20 students have come in after school or during FCA meetings to help on the project.

"It makes me really happy," said Jager. "I'm really excited to see to residents' faces and to just even see how it will affect them. Some of them, it's amazing just how they react when they just get a Christmas card. So I think it'll be nice when they get these."

For Letsche seeing his kids step us like this is a true example of being a light.

"This is just our act, walking our faith walk and being a light to those people who may be are experiencing some darkness, season of darkness," said Letsche. "Whether they are going through tough times or just not having those relationships that they normally would lean on during tough times."

This is the second community outreach project for FCA. They are hoping to deliver all the projects to the residents this week.

Michaela Feldmann

Skip to content