EVERYTHING you might want to know about the Winter Blanket Drive!
Last year we took some time and spoke with staff and clients about what works best. We REALLY need specific blankets, because the size and what the blankets are made of matters SO MUCH. In the past, many good people with the best intentions dropped off blankets, bedspreads, and throws that we couldn’t use. So here’s all the details (and a bit of back story) about how to best help!
We know that this is a shift in thinking, to spend $20 on a single blanket.
But the blanket you donate will be in use, truly valued, for the entire winter.
Instead of a series of smaller investments—blessing bags, snack bars, etc.—the blanket choice has serious, lasting impact.
TYPE of blanket:
Wool blankets are a no-go, because most people living rough have skin damage and the wool is terribly irritating to wind/sun burned skin.
Cotton blankets are a no-go, because they soak up moisture from dew/rain/sleet and they become too heavy to carry and there is no way to dry them.
Acrylic blankets like the ones we have provided links for (below) are the BEST choice. They are lightweight, repel water, and keep the wind and cold away.
SIZE of blanket:
Small blankets don’t keep out the wind and cold. Our clients are adult men, and they know small throws won’t keep them warm.
Blankets smaller than 60” x 80” are not large enough to wrap up in, and when we offer smaller blankets we understand why clients turn them down or abandon them. If you have to carry everything you own/need with you, you really choose those things that are useful to be worth the weight.
THE TALE OF LAST YEAR’S INCREDIBLE BLANKET DRIVE!
Last year, in November 2019, we shared our Braver, Better Blanket Drive flyer with the media and the public. We had no idea if total strangers would send a brand new blanket to a stranger experiencing homelessness. The best drive in the past had only netted about 300 blankets. Last year’s drive generated over 1,000 blankets!