It’s a need you don’t think of on these frigid winter nights, but it’s one that’s prevalent in our community.
One local elementary school has about 200 children that go to bed each night with only their coat to keep them warm.
And one Terre Haute woman says, that’s not acceptable.
“Who thinks about pillows and blankets unless you don’t have one,” said Cindy Perkins, Blankets of Love coordinator.
It started with a simple conversation.
“I was at a fabric store buying some things for work and I overheard a lady tell another that she was making blankets for a local elementary schools for children that went to bed each night with no pillow or blanket,” said Perkins.
This is when Perkins created “Blankets of Love”.
“I couldn’t sleep that night. I put a simple post on Facebook just asking for gently used pillows, blankets, anything I could donate to these schools,” said Perkins.
And the power of social media came through, in just two days.
“I have over 200 blankets, 25 pillows, sheets,” said Perkins. “This comes from a simple request to help kids.”
There’s plethora of causes people can donate to, but this one struck Perkins’ heart, children who can’t help themselves.
And the need in elementary schools is great.
“I think there’s a need in our community at every elementary school. I have targeted two that have the most need,” said Perkins.
In just two days, Perkins has collected enough donations to deliver these blankets already.
Providing a little warmth, and a little love, to little ones in need.
“I just hope at night when the kids go to bed, they have a pillow to lay on and a blanket to warm up with, it does my heart well,” said Perkins.
Perkins’ will continue this program throughout the year to help local schools.
If you’d like to help, you can drop off money or blankets to the Terre Haute Texas Roadhouse.