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Re-Imagining This Year's Blanket Banquet

November 30, 2020

Requests for lunches and other items continue to come to us, and so many generous folks have responded! Here is what has been provided to date:

750 Non-perishable lunches

54 Back packs (+10 back packs filled with goodies!)

50 Sleeping bags

60 Hats and 8 scarves

10 Gloves

110 Boxer briefs

50 Blankets

175 Pair of mens socks

21 New jackets/sweatshirts

40 Hand sanitizers

65 Masks

25 Toiletry bags

40 Hand warmers

20 Pair of women's socks

2 Pillows & 25 Pillow cases

25 Washcloths

10 Shower gel

72 Razors

A large box filled with toiletries!

Cindy

November 1, 2020

Thank you!  Thank you to everyone for all your support for the Blanket Banquet!  Even though the collection time is officially over, I will continue making regular deliveries uptown as needed.  I know the needs will be ongoing with Room in the Inn being closed for the winter. 

 

Here is what you all have collected!!  I will finish delivering all of this this week...

 

475 Non-perishable lunches

54 Back packs (+10 back packs filled with goodies!)

37 Sleeping bags

24 Hats and 8 scarves

10 Gloves

84 Boxer briefs

45 Blankets

136 Pair of mens socks

11 New jackets/sweatshirts

40 Hand sanitizers

65 Masks

7 Toiletry bags

40 Hand warmers

20 Pair of women's socks

2 Pillows & pillow cases

25 Washcloths

10 Shower gel

72 Razors

A large box filled with toiletries!

 

Thank you for caring for our unsheltered neighbors.  

 

I will be making sandwiches and lunches through out the winter as I can.  If you would like to continue to receive emails and help support this effort, please let me know!

 

Stay well!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Cindy

October 27, 2020

 

Dear Blanket Banquet Team,

 

Just wanted to say THANK YOU!  You all are making a HUGE difference in the lives of those who believe no one notices them.  We notice and we CARE!  

 

I am delivering another 180 lunches today.  For a total of 320 so far!  I have enough to make about 100 more!

 

I am delivering blankets, back packs, undies, socks, toiletries, masks, hand sanitizer, etc!  

 

Thank you to Jim Strauss for delivering sleeping bags (I lost count but I think it was about 25!)

 

Due to Covid 19, there is no Room in the Inn this year.  The shelter is opening another hotel to house 160 men.  The tent cities continue to grow.  The need is out there.  I will be collecting at least through November. 

 

Thank you for all you do to help these folks!  As a dear nun friend once said to me..."Your reward will be great in heaven!". 

 

Cindy

September 28, 2020

 

Hello Team Blanket Banquet!

We have come to the sad realization that we are not able to host our traditional Blanket Banquet this year.  There is just no way to keep both our guests and volunteers safe.  We struggled with this decision, but feel it it the right thing to do this year.

 

We still have so many neighbors uptown who are in need of items to help them get through the winter.  We have been in touch with the folks at Roof Above (the new name for the Men's Shelter/Urban Ministries organization). Together, we came up with a list of needs that we can help collect and deliver.

 

Can you help our uptown neighbors?  Maybe you can organize a collection with your co-workers or neighbors?

 

1.  Bagged Lunches- ( our goal is 400) they are distributing at least 200 bagged lunches a day.  They have volunteers signed up to provide these lunches but have been getting a lot of last minute cancellations.  They would like to have some pre-bagged lunches to hand out in times of cancellation.  

 

    Options:

    

    A. Bag your own - pack in a gallon-sized baggie Tuna or Chicken Salad (Lunch Pak Sized), Fruit Cup w/Spoon, chips, granola bars, snacks or any non-perishable foods.

 

    B. Collect some items listed above and we can bag the lunches for you

 

Cases of water are needed also. 

 

2.  Underwear (boxer briefs are the favorite) (All sizes) and socks

 

3. New blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, pillow cases.  (Can only take new)

 

4. Sanitizing Hand wipes, hand sanitizer, masks

 

5. Toiletries:  deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, body wash ("is gold to these folks"), chapstick, washcloths. If you can bag them individually that is great!!

 

6. Men's Flip Flops (for the shower)

 

7Backpacks (new or used)

 

Thank you so much for your support of this years Blanket Banquet Reimagined!  Please let me know if your are able to help gather any of these items!  We would like to have our collections complete by October 31 so that we can deliver the items before the cold weather sets in.  

 

Please feel free to email, call or text with any questions! 

Cindy and Greg

704-564-4306

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