Thursday, April 18, 2013
Oak Lawn-resident and founder of Stuffed Love Sarah Dynia is awarded the Youth Governor's Volunteer Service Award.
Thursday, April 18
Sarah Dynia is a lifelong resident of Oak Lawn, IL and lives with her parents, Mark and Laura. She is a sophomore at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago, Illinois. In 8th grade Sarah decided to create a non-profit organization called Stuffed Love to benefit others. Her plan was to create hand-stitched stuffed items/pillows and give them to those who need to know they are not forgotten. She never uses sewing machines, because she feels that each person deserves the personal attention of a hand-stitched pillow. Stuffed Love’s ability serves, but is not limited to the intellectually disabled, pediatric heart patients, veterans, seniors, economically disadvantaged, the homeless, and the sick. Sarah came to Park Lawn in 2011 …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Oak Lawn-resident Sarah Dynia wins award from Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart recognizing her volunteer service.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Two Mother McAuley High School freshmen from Oak Lawn took a whimsical idea to sew stuffed animals into a memorable philanthropic effort, making gifts for people in need of simple acts of kindness.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was originally posted on Oak Lawn Patch on Feb. 23. It was chosen for Huffington Post's Greatest Person of the Day feature on Feb. 27. Sarah Dynia and Bridget Regan are so close that they finish each other’s sentences. The Oak Lawn teens talk in excited bursts of language that well up like sudden summer storms, typical of 15-year-olds. When you see one, there is a 99-percent chance that you will find the other. Pals since preschool, Sarah and Bridget frequented the same birthday parties and school activities at St. Linus School. “We just said hi,” Sarah recalled of their first meeting as 3-year-olds. “I remember playing with the little train set,” Bridget said, both girls laughing so hard they can barely get the …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Every week Patch will head out into the community and get to know a person (or in this case, people) of interest.
It's time to get to know your fellow Oak Lawn residents and Patch is here to help. Every week we'll sit down with somebody from the community and try to find out a little bit about them. Eye on Oak Lawn will be our readers' way to better get to know somebody that we, or our readers think, is doing a great job in the community. It could be a business person, a local student, your neighbor or even you. This week we at Patch had our Eye On Sarah Dynia and Bridget Regan, co-founders of Stuffed Love. Dynia and Regan are incoming freshmen to Mother McAuley. They started Stuffed Love by sewing handmade stuffed animals, objects and shapes and donating them to charitable organizations, as a way to show others that during their toughest times, …