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Emily Massey’s Senior Capstone Experience. Benefits of Helping Others. Studies. Professor Lara Aknin’s study Thoits Study Paul Arnstein’s study The Detroit Study. Benefits of Helping Others. Less Depression Greater Calmness Fewer pains Better health Longer life expectancy.

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  • Professor Lara Aknin’s study
  • Thoits Study
  • Paul Arnstein’s study
  • The Detroit Study
benefits of helping others
Benefits of Helping Others
  • Less Depression
  • Greater Calmness
  • Fewer pains
  • Better health
  • Longer life expectancy
  • Oxytocin
    • Overcoming fears
    • Buffers stress
    • Increases social tranquility
  • Dopamine
    • Soothing effect
  • Serotonin
    • Treats depression


  • Internal Medicine-

Tyler L. Hanson, MD


Dawn M. Larson, MD

raffle tickets
Raffle Tickets
  • Two signs donated from JoAnn Munkvold

$5 for 1 ticket and $20 for 5 tickets

  • Sold tickets at:
    • Olivet Methodist Church
    • Santa Clause Day
    • 3 basketball games

Raised over $700

Selling at Santa Day

Giving out signs

Selling at games


new used stuffed animals
New & Used Stuffed Animals
  • Collections boxes placed:
    • Fall concert
    • Winter concert
    • Olivet & Menno Churches
    • School FACS room
  • Sorted by students
  • Collected 120 stuffed animals

Non-profit organization that provides homemade security blankets to children in need.



Any Kind

Any Size

0-18 years old

blanket tying night
Blanket Tying Night

Wed. February 26, 2014

At the Menno Old Gym

7:00-9:00 p.m.

delivery day
Delivery Day
  • 100 used stuffed animals

Clothing Closet in Yankton, SD

delivery day1

Sorting Blankets

Delivery Day
  • 100 blankets to the hospital
  • 20 new stuffed animals
  • 1 blanket to a cancer patient in Wessington Springs

Loading the vehicle

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital

Arriving at the hospital



Faculty Advisor:

Mrs. Roberta Stoebner


Mrs. Carla Hummel

quotes from menno students
Quotes From Menno Students
  • Sophomores
    • Elizabeth- “I loved being able to work hard with everyone and make a competition out of how many blankets we could make. We all had the same ambition to help kids and that is what motivated us to make so many.”
    • Tyus- “I loved gathering with friends to help people in need. Coming from a rough family history, I know what it is like to be in need. It was a great feeling to have fun and still help people.”
  • Juniors
    • Natalie- “I enjoyed doing it for a great cause and knowing that I helped someone out.”
    • Austin- “I really enjoyed making a difference and spending time with great friends.”
  • Seniors
    • Christina- “I felt the benefits of helping others in a huge way and enjoyed helping out kids. It was a fun project and very successful senior project.”
    • Nathan- “I liked visiting with everyone and helping kids.”
thank you
Thank You
  • Faculty Advisor- Mrs. Roberta Stoebner
  • Mentor- Mrs. Carla Hummel
  • English Teacher- Mrs. Kay Smidt
  • Shadowing- Dr. Larson
  • Shadowing- Dr. Hanson
  • Donating signs- JoAnn Munkvold
  • Shirts- Cindy Kirschenmen
  • Church Collection Boxes- Olivet & Menno
  • Using the gym- Menno Public School