In an effort to keep low-income men, women and children warm this winter, Brown County United Way and the Greater Green Bay Labor Council Community Services Committee are hosting the 8th Annual Blanketing Brown County drive to collect new and gently used blankets and other bedding items such as comforters, quilts and sleeping bags for distribution to area shelters and agencies. Blanketing Brown County begins on January 8 and continues through January 31.
In addition to sites where the public can donate blankets, a number of companies and organizations have generously allowed for internal employee collection at work locations.
The Blanketing Brown County Drive sponsored by the Brown County United Way and Greater Green Bay Labor Council Community Services Committee collected more than 2400 blankets for distribution to more than 40 Brown County programs serving homeless and low-income men, women and children in 2018. This is the sixth straight year the drive has exceeded 2000 blankets.
According to Dan Wadle, Brown County United Way’s Community Services Liaison, the project first originated in 2011 when the Greater Green Bay Labor Council Community Services Committee reached out to local organizations asking if they were to create a new drive, what would be the most impactful items to collect. Blankets were mentioned most often.
“When we held our first drive in 2012, we thought we would collect 250 blankets and were amazed at the public’s response when we collected more than 860 that first year. ” Wadle said.
Recipient agencies tell him how the blankets show people that others in the community not only care about them being warm, but shows how much people care about them. Some organizations have shared thank you letters from blanket recipients. “The drive distributes blankets to area school caring closets. Last year when we received a thank you from a Green Bay high school, we were forwarded a letter from the high school from a student who received one of the donated blankets. He told us how even in the dead of winter he had to go without blankets when he slept at night. He had just a sheet to use. He told us how much the blanket he received meant to him. This is why we are continuing the drive for its eighth year. There is still need to keep our community warm.
Public drop locations include Brown County Library branches, Green Bay Metro Fire Stations, Shopko Stores and YMCA locations. A complete list of public donation sites are available on our website: www.browncountyunitedway.org/blanketingbrowncounty
If your company or organization would be interested in hosting a blanket collection site or for more information about how to donate to the drive firstname.lastname@example.org or call 920-593-4773