A few weeks after we began handing out blankets to clients, I was downtown at the Paramount on Congress for a holiday movie with my kids. We parked a few blocks away on a cold December night, and as we walked to the theatre I began seeing the blanket drive blankets. Since we suggested one of two specific blankets on Amazon, 90+% of the blankets that arrived were one of those two styles. I had unpacked so many that I knew the color and sheen of the blankets on sight. To see men and women wrapped up in these blankets was a bittersweet thing. It hurts to see un-sheltered individuals, it makes you wonder what we can do better, or more of, to get these individuals into stable housing. But seeing people completely covered in a new blanket that was truly large enough to keep someone warmer…well…that was beautiful. I mentioned it at work the next day, and my colleagues shared stories of seeing the blankets around the city too. We all felt part of something special, we have never been able to distribute so many blankets, new blankets, or large blankets in all our years of this work. Throughout the winter, even when I saw someone sleeping in an alley at 3 am, at least I felt a bit less anguished when I saw these blankets providing some comfort.
Amy Price, Director of Development