Hughes and Coleman Hometown Hero: Katelyn Abney

Published: Aug. 17, 2018 at 10:52 PM CDT
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Katelyn Abney is your typical 13-year-old girl. Starting her freshman year at Todd County Central High School, and a proud member of the school band.

But what she considers an even greater passion of hers involves blankets.

"My cousin (Landrey Paige) was the 31st person to be diagnosed with a rare disorder of Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency," Abney said is what inspired her to do this. "She couldn't walk or talk or do anything that we could do, and I felt like I couldn't do anything for her.

"So I decided to make her a blanket. Then my brother said, 'I want a blanket'. So I made him a blanket and it just kind of escalated from there."

Katie makes blankets on her own and gives them to families that have lost loved ones, children that are ill and/or with disabilities. She calls it "Blanketing The World With Love."

"It is extremely heartwarming the pride I have for her and what she's doing is unmeasurable," Katie's mother, Debbie Abney, said. "She came up with this idea all on her own. She came up to me and said, "Mama, I know what I need to do now. I need to make blankets for people who need them'. And from that point on we've stood behind her."

Katie has delivered and sent these blankets to not only people across South Central Kentucky but has even given one to a soldier who is currently in Japan.

"I like when I deliver them or when I send them off and I get pictures I like seeing the smiles on their faces that actually made them happy," Katie said.

Katie has currently made 47 blankets and plans to make many more for as long as she can.

"I want (people) to think of me not a hero but as someone who's trying to make a difference in the world."

For thinking of others and blanketing the world with love, we honor Katelyn Abney as this week's Hughes and Coleman Hometown Hero.