A Bedroom For Bryant

The National Charity League is a great organization. With over 250 chapters nationwide, it offers mothers and daughters a chance to work together on community service projects.

The Westport chapter is thriving. Its members include 18 Staples seniors. Many have worked together for 6 years.

They’re about to graduate — from high school, and NCL. They wanted their final project to be especially meaningful.

It was.

They heard about Circle of Care. Since 2005, its Art from the Heart program has transformed over 120 bedrooms and play areas in the homes of young cancer patients into lively, joyful wonderlands.

The girls spent weeks designing an amazing makeover for a teenager named Bryant. He lives in Beacon Falls, and is undergoing leukemia treatment at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Bryant’s bedroom, before the makeover.

They spent this past weekend turning their plans into reality. It was hard work.

Amanda Samuels and Juliette Schwebel measure fabric …

… while Kaya Leitner, Maddie Phelps and Cece Adams cut …

… and Mia Kobylinski, Lili Romann and Juliette Schwebel finish the job.

But then came the reveal.

The bedroom …

… and the bed.

Soon, the 18 National Charity League girls will graduate. They will receive many nice gifts.

But none can ever compare to the gift they all gave Bryant.

Bryant, with the Westport National Charity League girls. (Photos/Susan Kobylinski)

5 responses to “A Bedroom For Bryant

  1. Lynn Untermeyer Miller

    Fantastic! What a Wonderful story! Thank you.

  2. David Jones

    I love the “give back”!

  3. Dana McCreesh

    truly wonderful

  4. Mary Cookman Schmerker


  5. Great job by these young ladies!