How to host a blanket-making event -- what you need to know _____________________________________________________ COVID-19 NOTE: Some of our creative and dedicated blanket angels have found ways to continue group blanket-making events during this time. Some get together -- but stay 6 feet apart -- while they make blankets. Others hold Zoom events and share their blanket-making time virtually. Others have challenged friends and family to sponsor blanket kits for the blanket angel to make and donate. We are grateful to each blanket angel and thankful for every blanket. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A blanket-making event is a great way to get families, friends, work colleagues, social groups, Scout troops – just about any group – involved together making our “no-sew” fleece blankets.
You will need to select a date and a location for your group to make their blankets! When you sponsor the blankets from us, we will gather all the supplies needed; you will just need to gather a pair of scissors for each group member.
We offer in our workshop all the supplies needed to complete your blankets. We have fleece in numerous colors, styles and prints (all age appropriate) for only $10 each. You can choose your own fleece, or we can pre-select a variety for you.
Each fleece kit includes the material ready to cut and fringe, the fringe cutting template, the special tag ensuring the blanket will stay with the child when they move from placement to placement, the packaging and shipping we provide so that blankets reach children in foster care, and the opportunity to be a part of our ministry.
When you order your blanket kits in advance, everything will be ready for you to pick up so that you are in and out of the Blanket Workshop, ready for your blanket making party, in less than 15 minutes.
Below are downloadable graphics illustrating the process, for groups near Westerville, Ohio and for those in other parts of the United States.
How to host a blanket-making event -- the graphic version
1. Within 30 miles of our workshop in Westerville, Ohio. Use this process if you live within 30 miles of our workshop so that you can pick up your kits and bring your completed blankets back to the workshop in Westerville. Click image to download and print the flyer.
2. More than 30 miles from our national headquarters & workshop in Westerville, Ohio. Use the process below if you do not live in central Ohio, will order your kits to be shipped to you, and will donate your blankets directly to a child services agency in your area. Click image to download and print.
Promotional materials to show your group
The Story of My Very Own Blanket. This is a great way to introduce volunteers to MVOB. The video (about 6 minutes) shows how MVOB started, why we do what we do, and the many ways that volunteers get involved. (No sound but lots of great photos)
Jessica's TEDx talk is just under 5 minutes and tells about one way a child comes into care through the school system as well as the story of how Jessica founded MVOB 20 years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Fy5xJ4FdXs
Channel 4 news video with Rick Reitzel, Colleen Marshall and Mike Jackson. About 1 minute!