Finding “Homes” for Blankets
Even though I do not have blanketeers, I wanted to reach out to those organizations that work with kids who can use a blanket. I spoke with Steve Volow, Director of CASA.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. (Disclosure: I became familiar with CASA when I trained to be a CASA and worked with two children in the foster care system. I also helped fund raise for their annual CASA Kid Walk.)
They have blankets for younger children, but none for teens 13-18. I put CASA on the list for blankets for that age group.
I also spoke with Jill Maples. She is actively involved with foster care children, foster parents, and staff at Child Welfare Services/Dept. of Health and Human Services. Jill does this work through The Forgotten Initiative: a faith based organization that “provides joy and purpose to the foster care community.”
Jill shared that there is a need for blankets so I had “better get busy making them.” I assured her that was my plan. I wish I had a magic wand at that moment so I could “create” a bunch of blankets all wrapped up and ready for delivery.
I have other organizations on my call list, but thought that I better not get too far ahead of myself absent that magic blanket wand.