Blanket Fort for the Homeless
It has been so cold outside that Killeen and Temple homeless warming shelters have been open for a couple of weeks now. Blankets are always needed at times like these. Sometimes there are not enough. Maybe we can do what a little North Carolina Boy did to gather some blankets.
August Spitz loves building Blanket Forts and he wanted to help folks who were homeless, so, for his 7th birthday party he combined the two loves. Last year August and his friends built a giant Blanket Fort at Glenwood Coffee and Books. After the party was over, the 64 blankets were washed and donated to a local nonprofit that helps the homeless.
One year later August's mom Gwen, who is director of a non profit called Community Engagement, put a plan into action. She called the Greensboro community together to help build “The World’s Largest (in Greensboro) Blanket Fort.” for the Interactive Resource Center.
The adults strung ropes around the room, and the kids used tables and chairs and clothes pins to make the tunnels and rooms.
“The kids had so much fun,” Kathleen Edwards, Director of Programs at the Interactive Resource Center, told the Good News Network. “We operate an emergency shelter and warming center whenever the temperatures drop, and this month we can really use the added blankets”.
Children from 128 families got together for the massive fort-building fun, and 259 blankets were collected.
Okay Killeen let's get ready for our Blanket Fort Party!