With A Purpose delivered 300 donation blankets to Mission of Hope in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Purchases from the Oklahoma Sooners Blanket for a Blanket line and the Oklahoma State Cowboys Blanket for a Blanket line went to benefit local homeless. Mission of Hope distributed blankets to those in need in addition to the primary services they offer to help clients achieve self-sufficiency.
Mission of Hope is committed to assisting homeless individuals and families through multiple supportive housing programs. Other available services include food, laundry facilities, case management and life skills courses. "We appreciate the blankets very much," shared Program Director Jana Nelson. "It is so nice to be able use these here, but to also be able to let clients take them when they leave."
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With A Purpose donated 300 blankets to St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge. These non-branded blankets were made possible by purchases of collegiate blankets from the LSU Tigers Blanket For A Blanket line.
From left to right: Joe Keegan, Laura Martinez and Michael Acaldo
This organization helps to provide basic needs for poor individuals and families in the nearby community. Also, it is currently in the process of expanding its shelter to be able to serve more mothers with children in need.
Gateway Rescue Mission, located in Jackson, Mississippi received 870 donation blankets from With A Purpose's Mississippi "Ole Miss" Blanket For A Blanket line and Mississippi State Blanket For A Blanket line. For each collegiate blanket purchased, a non-branded blanket is given to a person in need. By partnering with nonprofits across the country, blankets are donated locally to veterans, homeless and disaster relief organizations.
Gateway Rescue Mission was created to serve the homeless in Jackson's community. Providing food and shelter for those living without is how volunteers at the shelter impact the needy. Counseling and rehabilitation are offered for those struggling with addiction as well. Gateway Rescue Mission is a place where people can come to meet their basic needs, but more importantly, to get help and guidance to transform their lives.
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200 blankets donated by With A Purpose to Dreams for Change, an organization located in San Diego which was founded in 2009 to assist individuals and families struggling with the economic downturn using innovative initiatives. The San Diego State Aztecs Blanket for a Blanket program gives a donation blanket to local non profits for each collegiate blanket that is purchased.
Dreams for Change has served those dealing with homelessness through creative programs such as the Safe Parking Program, which met the needs of over 300 people and helped over half of them to obtain permanent housing. This idea developed by SDSU students has since affected over 2500 individuals in the six years it has been running.
Dreams for a Change also started a fresh food truck that accepts cash and EBT cards called the Eat Better Truck. The Interfaith Community Services works along with the Senior Connections Program to offer healthy food at discounted prices, support services and activities for resident seniors.
With A Purpose is proud to partner with organization like Dreams for Change. Their award-winning programming is empowering people in San Diego through these cost-effective opportunities to secure a better future for themselves.
With A Purpose delivered 250 donation blankets to Marshalltown Veterans Home in Waterloo, Iowa. Using the BUY a Blanket, GIVE a Blanket model, a non-branded blanket is given to a person in need for each licensed blanket purchased. Donations from the Iowa State Cyclones Blanket for a Blanket line and the Iowa Hawkeyes Blanket for a Blanket line benefited this great nonprofit.
The remainder of the blankets received by Marshalltown were given to Retrieving Freedom, a center located in Waverly, Iowa dedicated to training service dogs that will become companions for veterans returning home.
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With a Purpose donated 400 blankets to Haven House of East Lansing. Thanks to those who made purchases from the Michigan State Spartans Blanket for a Blanket line. This initiative allows for each collegiate blanket purchased, a non branded blanket is given to a person in need. Haven House helps local homeless families through the multiple housing and support services they offer. Haven House has been providing shelter and guidance for one-parent and two-parent families since 1983.
40 blankets were given to Operation Finally Home through With A Purpose's Blanket for a Blanket lines. For each licensed blanket purchased, an unbranded blanket is donated to a person in need. Operation Finally Home is a nonprofit focused on constructing mortgage-free homes for returning soldiers who are wounded, injured, or sick. They also assist the widows and families of those heroes who have fallen.
This national organization celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, partnering with sponsors, builders, individual contributors and volunteers to bless those who sacrifice and serve our country with places of their own to call 'home'.
Manhattan Emergency Shelter Inc. (MESI) located in Manhattan, Kansas received 230 blankets made possible by purchases from With A Purpose and the K-State Campus Store. For each blanket purchased at the official bookstore or online through the the Kansas State Blanket for a Blanket line, one is donated to a person in need. MESI is the only emergency shelter in Riley County available to meet the needs of homeless men, women and children with their transitional and supportive housing programs. Read more about our partnership with this outstanding nonprofit here.
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With A Purpose donated 80 blankets to Dry Bones Denver whose staff and volunteers work with homeless youth and "street kids" from 12 years old to mid-twenties. The average age of those they meet is 18-20 years. Denver is known across the United States for its high population of homeless youth recorded at over 900 people in 2013) with so many of those hoping to travel through getting stuck instead and finding comfort in a city of so many others like themselves.
By offering food, friendship, classes, counseling and more; those at Dry Bones Denver are able to help rescue those in need out of the depths of their circumstances and place them in a position to experience restoration. The nonprofit's name is very fitting as it comes from a Biblical story that teaches how even dead things can come to life.
The Michigan State Spartans Blanket for a Blanket line provided 50 new non-branded blankets to City Rescue Mission Lansing. For each blanket purchased, one is locally given to a person in need. For over 100 years, City Rescue's mission has been to serve men, women and children by providing food, shelter and hope to their physical bodies as well as their spirits.
Pictured below is Tiffany, Director of Women’s and Children’s Ministries, in one of the dorms for single women.
According to Laura Grimwood, Director of Communications, the donation blankets are currently being utilized at the women and children's shelter. She explained that the smaller, more intimate rooms are saved for the women with children. "Last year, we had 152 people stay at the Mission; 88 of those were women and children," shared Grimwood. "We use quilts on our beds, but the blankets come in handy during those extra cold days that we experience here in the “mitten” state."
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