Blanketed in Kindness

How the school community is helping the family of Makai Price by making quilts.


media by Gabriel Mascitti

Julie Pedersen ties one of the quilts for the Price family Jan. 31. Pedersen helped to organize the quilt project with her prior knowledge about making quilts. “I love to sew, so it was really fun to do something that’s already my hobby that was for somebody else,” Pedersen said. 

by Gabe Mascitti, Reporter

Life can change in an instant, but we, as people, can reach outside ourselves and spread kindness to those who need it most, like the Price family. 

Dec. 8, Makai Price, son of Special Education Assistant Jerome Price, was in a terrible car accident. 

When this story became known, people wanted to help make it better. One of these people was Special Education Assistant JoLynn Duris. Duris had recently gotten a lot of white fabric and thought it would be a great way for people to show how much they care by making a quilt. 

“I really wanted a way that a lot of people could share their love,” Duris said. “And I love the symbol of the blankets where they can literally wrap themselves in our love.” 

Duris asked Special Education Assistant Julie Pedersen to use her quilt-making experience to help. Staff and students helped color, cut and iron quilt blocks, while Duris and Pedersen have sewn. 

“I love to sew, so it was really fun to do something that’s already my hobby that was for somebody else,” Pedersen said. 

Annette Lee ‘26 colored a block for one of the quilts.

“It’s fun, and also it helps people. Kindness costs nothing,” Annette Lee ‘26 said. 

Duris and Pedersen hurried to finish Makai’s quilt, and delivered it on Dec. 27, but they didn’t stop there. 

“At first, there was just going to be a quilt for Makai, but then we kept thinking about how something so life-changing affects the whole family,” Duris said. “So, we decided to go ahead and make one for everyone in the family.” 

There are a few more quilts blocks being colored to finish making the quilts for the other five members of the family. 

Makai is currently recovering in a rehab facility. Things will be different for Makai and for the rest of his family moving forward. 

“We had to move from an apartment that was upstairs to a house where he could be on the first level because his leg got amputated,” Price said.  

Price has been spending less time at school so he can be with his son Makai.

“We just got to keep him strong and positive through this time,” Price said. 

Price suggested DoorDash when asked how people can still help.

 “[Makai] doesn’t like all the hospital food,” Price said.

Currently, the Price family is pulling through one day at a time.