We are doing it again!! Operation Blanket Drive (Year 2) is now a GO! Last weekend, when discussing with Julie and Teresa over whether we wanted to organize a blanket drive again, we all agreed that it would be a good thing to continue. I think that in future years, we will have big celebrations (like when the boys start school, turn 10, etc) where we will go full force with the solicitation of blankets, as well as publicity, but for the next few years, we'll take what blankets we gather and quietly give them to the volunteer office.
Some of you are new to my blog. If you'd like to read about last year's successful blanket drive, you can see The News Story here, read about the behind the scenes happenings here, and see how we organized the blankets here. If you want to read about why we started the blanket drive in the first place, read about it here. We donated 1064 blankets!!
This is a good thing. For those who have been in the hospital, either for yourself, a spouse, or your child, a gift of a soft, cuddly blanket means more than words can describe. The idea that someone took the time to either make, or buy, a blanket, and then selflessly give it to someone in need, is so very touching.
This blanket drive will benefit all patients at The Children's Hospital in Denver. Their patients range from preemie to adult, and they are there for every imaginable minor or major illness, disease, sickness, genetic malformations, for the long term or short term, as well as those who come in for testing, or just for the day. Although we are coming at this from a heart defect perspective, we are donating the blankets to the entire hospital, to be used as needed.
The blankets can be handmade, or store bought, but they must be new. They can be fleece, cotton, minky, flannel, crochet, knit, quilted, or any other kind of blanket you can think of. They can range in size from preemie to crib size, to kid size, to twin size.
For information on our Blanket Drive, as well as info on Chance and Adam's families, you can go to My Grateful Heart, which is our website about our blanket drive benefiting Colorado Denver Children's Hospital. If you want to spread the word, please take this blog button.
We will collect blankets until the beginning of November, and then we will donate them with full and thankful hearts. It's an amazing project to be a part of. I hope you can join us. I've said this before, but it's the ONE blanket that makes the difference, to the ONE patient that receives it.
You can contact me kamyrensmiles(at)hotmail(dot)com to get more information, as well as an address to mail your blankets. Thank you so much.