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Eagle Scout Shows a Soft Side for Newborn Babies at San Dimas Community Hospital

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December 19, 2012, San Dimas, CA – This Wednesday newborns at San Dimas Community Hospital got a treat from a big brother. In this case, the role of older brother came in the form of a caring Eagle Scout, Tyler Coberly, whose Eagle status earning project was to donate fifty-nine handmade blankets to the San Dimas Community Hospital maternity ward. To honor Coberly's time and efforts, the hospital hosted a small reception for his friends and family, where he formally gifted the blankets. Coberly even handed over a choo-choo-train themed blanket to a baby boy born just a couple days earlier, still in the maternity ward.

oberly, at 16-years-old, blushed as the baby boy's mom, Mallory Norviel, handed him her child wrapped in one of the blankets. Norviel and her family were honored to be the first recipient of Coberly's handmade blankets. The hospital staff presented Coberly with a cake and a certificate of thanks. Penny Mount-Whelan was one of the nurses to present Coberly with the award, and was clearly touched, saying "Tyler, you have touched fifty-nine lives here, fifty-nine babies, fifty-nine families – but those blankets will eventually touch hundreds of lives. My kids are forty-five years old, and I still have (their blankies) in baggies 'cause they won't let me get rid of them. Some of these will become favorite blankies, and some of them will be passed on."

Tyler Coberly may not be the big brother to the newborns, but he does have four younger siblings. Tyler is the oldest of four boys and one younger sister, and the three younger boys are on the same path to being an Eagle Scout someday. Coberly's father, Robert, very proud of his all his children, was also one of five boys in his family – All Eagle Scouts. Robert Coberly said a few words at the gathering as well about the time, effort, and skills learned during the project. "I told him, these blankets are going to babies – 'good enough' just isn't enough."

For the project, Coberly had to not just do the project himself, but to engage, lead, and teach others. He led a group of younger kids in creating the blanket s – friends, family, and fellow scout troop members – and spent over 100 hours completing the project. When they turned in blankets that weren't perfect, Coberly went back and re-worked them himself. "If I had it to do over again, I'd spend more time in the beginning teaching," he said. Eagle Scout projects must be in service to others, and must contain a leadership component. The Eagle Scout rank is only earned by about 5% of boy scouts each year. These fifty-nine blankets, baby-soft and covered in trains, owls, hearts, and handprints, have earned Coberly a place in that select group.