A community effort to help low income families stay warm this winter season is again underway. The eighth annual Blanketing Brown County drive kicked off this morning.
In the lobby of the Howe Community Resource Center – warm blankets are set out. All donated bedding to help Brown County families facing financial instability – in the middle of a Wisconsin winter.
“We have more low income men, women and children than perhaps we realize,” said Dan Wadle, AFL-CIO Community Service Liaison, Brown County United Way.
For the eighth year the Brown County United Way and the Greater Green Bay Labor Council have teamed up for Blanketing Brown County. A drive to collect some 2,500 new and gently used blankets for families that often go without.
“It’s a case of where, with many basic necessities, food, blankets being another, they don’t necessarily have enough, particularly in households where they’re trying to stretch their dollars,” Wadle said.
A recent United Way study found one in three households in Brown County is dealing with financial instability; families a paycheck away from not being able to make ends meet.
Elizabeth Webb helps homeless students within the Green Bay Area School District. She calls these blankets – lifesavers.
“A blanket can mean better sleep, it can mean warmth, it can mean comfort and stability,” said Webb. “I have kids that get very attached to them, sometimes it’s the only thing that they have for their own.”
This resource center is one of 42 organizations that will distribute the blankets which are collected at drop-off sites across the county through the end of the month. And these community advocates are asking for your donation – a simple gift that can do so much.
“They need those blankets for basic survival,” said Amanda Johnson from Howe Community Resource Center. “If you want to make a difference and you’re not sure how to do it, buying a blanket can start making that difference.”
Brown County Library branches, Green Bay Metro Fire Stations, Shopko Stores and YMCA locations, Blanketing Brown County collection sites will be:
Ashwaubeneon Public Safety
2155 Holmgren Way
1521 Shawano Avenue
Brown County United Way
112 North Adams Street, Suite 201
2460 Main St, Green Bay
213 N Taylor St, Green Bay
Green Bay Education Association
2256 Main Street
Green Bay Labor Temple
1570 Elizabeth Street
Howard Village Hall
2456 Glendale Avenue
IBEW Local 158
2970 Greenbrier Road
McCormick Assisted Living
212 Iroquois Avenue
PCMC Credit Union
601 Willard Drive
699 Lawrence Dr.
1123 Cedar St.
1510 West Mason St.
St. John’s the Baptist Church
2597 Glendale Avenue
WEAC Region 3
1136 North Military Avenue