A B.C. teen who has Down syndrome has sewn a blanket for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's son so that he can have a "warm hug."
Angel Magnussen, 18, spends hours making blankets, hats, and travel pillows for sick kids and hospitals. She calls them Hugginz because the blankets wrap up people "in a warm hug," said her website.
A regimental funeral was held Tuesday for Cirillo, who was murdered last week while standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa.
When Magnussen learned that Cirillo had a five-year-old son, she knew she had to make him a special gift, said Global News.
“She was quite determined that when she made his blanket that one of the hearts that’s quilted into it, has the letters ‘DAD’ quilted into it so that each time he hugged that blanket he would feel his dad and know that his dad loved him,” Angel’s mom, Cheryl, told Global.
Magnussen got WestJet's help to get the blanket to Marcus Cirillo in Hamilton, Ont. The airline's staff hand-carried the blanket from the Comox, B.C. airport to Calgary and then onto Hamilton. RCMP officers there agreed to deliver the gift to Cirillo's regiment, who will then give it to the boy.
"She is so happy that it will be filled with so much love for this boy. He deserves and needs to feel the love of our nation is with him," wrote Cheryl on the Hugginz Facebook page. "Our love goes out to everyone that is helping to deliver this blanket into this young boy's arms."
Magnussen has raised over $270,000 for various B.C. charities.
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