Today marks the beginning of our 5th annual ‘Blanket the Country in Warmth’ campaign. With your $5 donation you can help us deliver 15,000 brand new cozy fleece blankets to those in need at over 30 shelters across Canada. Donations can be made at any Urban Barn location or online. This year, we’ll be going one step further by sharing our warmth in both actions and words by sending kind and caring messages along with the blankets.
Here is a note from our President, Linda Letts:
Expanding the program to include personalized messages was important to us as ‘Blanket the Country in Warmth’ kicks off its fifth year. We’ve been extremely grateful for the tremendous support from our local communities, surpassing our goal of 13,000 blankets last year, and wanted to continue to challenge ourselves to have meaningful impact. We wanted to create a direct connection between those donating blankets and those receiving them. That’s where the idea for Warmer Wishes came from. We look forward to making an even bigger difference in the lives of Canadians this year, and thank our amazing customers who continue to support ‘Blanket the Country in Warmth’.
In 2013, The Homelessness Partnering Secretariat (HPS) estimated that between 150,000 and 300,000 individuals experience homelessness in Canada in a given year. One may fall into impoverished circumstances for a number of reasons. Local shelters across the country continue to receive those in need each winter and throughout the year. It is through a network of committed staff and caring community partners coast-to-coast that these individuals can start down the path of recovery, with an overarching goal of warmth and belonging.
To learn more about ‘Blanket the Country in Warmth’, to make a donation and to send your warm wishes, please visit www.blanketthecountry.com.