Ohio 4-H is proud to recognize Maria Lonneman, a 2021 National 4-H Council Youth in Action award finalist. Maria is a Portage County 4-H member who created the Heavy Hugs Weighted Blankets for Autism initiative to raise awareness about Autismand bring youth together to create weighted blankets.
For her efforts, she received honorable mention recognition as a Civic Engagement finalist. In addition, during COVID-19, Maria shifted her sewing efforts to sew hundreds of masks to keep community members safe. You can read more about Maria’s story and the other Youth In Action finalists and winners here.