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With nimble fingers and freshly sharpened scissors, the members of St. Michael’s Catholic Church answered a challenge Saturday morning. And then some.

As part of the international Catholic Church’s Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy — a yearlong, worldwide effort to do good in the community — the members of St. John the Baptist Church in Savage recently challenged St. Michael’s members to complete a work of service. In response, St. Michael’s made plans to create 75 fleece tie blankets to donate to Twin Cities children’s hospitals.

But, it turns out they take challenges pretty seriously at St. Michael’s. And so, the church members who showed up Saturday for the church’s regular January blanket-making event brought piles of fleece and plenty of helpers. There were seniors and students and several members of a Boy Scout troop.

One church member was on hand to sharpen scissors.

The 75-blanket goal vanished quickly in the rear-view mirror. On Tuesday, church members estimated they had made well over 200 blankets, with more still coming in.

“The goodness in this community is incredible,” said Dottie Knutson, St. Michael’s director of parish and community life.

Father Ben Little will bless the blankets this weekend, and they will be delivered to several children’s hospitals in the Twin Cities.

Their own challenge completed, St. Michael’s passed its challenge on to All Saints Catholic Church in Lakeville.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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