Blanket America , a new philanthropic organization, launched to provide warmth for the poor with blankets this winter.
Online PR News – 23-October-2009 – – Blanket America, a newly formed organization with the purpose of helping those below poverty, will be offering warmth to the helpless this winter. The organization was started because of the founders’ recognition that too many people in this country are left out in the cold each winter with little or nothing to keep them warm or help them avoid getting sick.
In order to help those in need of warmth this winter, Blanket America will provide blankets to anyone who’s unfortunate so they can stay warm, dry, and healthy. The organization has set a big goal for its first year in existence of one million blankets and wants to distribute as many blankets as possible to people all over the United States as it tries to meet the huge goal the organization’s founding members have set for themselves.
Considering that “approximately 3.5 million people, 1.35 million of them children, are likely to experience homelessness in a given year” (National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, 2007), with roughly 13 to 17% living below the federal poverty line at any given point in time, and roughly 40% falling below the poverty line at some point within a 10 year time span (^ Zweig, Michael (2004) What's Class Got to do With It, American Society in the Twenty-first Century. ILR Press) the members of the new Blanket America organization will definitely have their work cut out for them. Members of Blanket America say they’re excited to start giving out blankets to the overwhelming number of people who’ll need the organization’s help to keep warm this winter and in future winters as well.
More details will be forthcoming as other charities get involved with actual distribution.
www.blanketamerica.com , coming soon...