Our Hometown Hero


Abby Ehrler ‘24 recives the Hometown Hero awad from KWQC-TV6 in front of the entire school. “I am incredibly honored and grateful for the Hometown Hero award that I won last week,” she said. “Giving back is so important to me and it’s cool to see people recognize that.”

Every month Quad Cities Today and TV6 News recognize an individual that serves their community and makes a difference with the Hometown Hero award. This month the person chosen for this award was GHS sophomore, Abby Ehrler.

At the age of twelve, Abby started a charity organization called “Abby’s Blankets of Strength.” With this organization, Abby creates and donates tie blankets to kids in local children’s hospitals. “I started Abby’s Blankets of Strength because I wanted to give back to other kids and teens who have cancer or other diseases like I did.” said Abby Ehrler ‘24, “I feel like giving back is so important because it makes the world a better place, and if I can make a kid smile just a little bit with a blanket that’s amazing.”

On Thursday, February 24 the GHS student body gathered in the gym during homeroom, there Abby was surprised with the Hometown Hero award, ”I wasn’t expecting it at all, I’m so happy that our pirate family got to be a part of it with me because the amount of support I have received from this community is just crazy!” said Ehrler. Abby was awarded a trophy, one hundred dollars to use for her foundation, and a visa gift card to use for herself.

Abby’s hard work and dedication to help others is truly admirable and she is very deserving of the title “Hometown Hero.”