We usually don’t see the final destination of the blankets you make, but sometimes we receive a story that gives us a first-hand account of the impact that a blanket can make on the life of a child – and on the life of a foster family. This is such a story, written by a foster mother.
As a foster parent, I can personally attest to what a wonderful blessing it is for not only the foster kids to receive a blanket and/or personal hygiene items, but also for the foster families. Over the last 6 years, we have been blessed with having 19 children in our home ages 4 weeks to 16 years.
The story of their arrival is almost always the same:
The children are usually removed from their living environment at the end of the school day, when they are called to the guidance counselor’s office. Children’s Services is there to take them. When they left that morning for school, they usually had no idea that they wouldn’t be going home that evening. We usually get the call that they are coming sometime in the afternoon. By the time the paperwork is processed, they arrive at our home around dinner time. It is usually a very hectic night in our household.
We scramble to change our dinner plans; we always serve pizza for the first night of foster care. I make a mad dash to the store to buy essentials – hairbrush, toothbrush, shampoo, deodorant, underwear, pajamas, t-shirts, socks, etc. I make up their beds and rearrange our 4 kids to get the beds and genders in the right rooms. We joke that we play musical bedrooms.
Once a 13-month old baby arrived from Children’s Hospital wearing only a hospital t-shirt. But I nearly cried when we also received a bag with a bottle, diapers, formula, a clean outfit and a handmade blanket. This meant that I didn’t have to run to the store to buy these items, and the first day was so much more peaceful. We felt so blessed that someone realized our need.
Even for the older kids, a blanket is important. It is something they can claim as their own when they come to our house when they have literally lost everything that is dear to them. It is also a source of comfort.
Thank you for supporting this effort.
MVOB partners with My Stuff Bags, My Comfy Kits and Comfort Cases, organizations that provide personal care items, basic clothing, toys, books and a blanket packed in a backpack or duffel bag that the child can keep on their journey through the foster care system.
Wednesday, January 16, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Random Precision Brewing Company
2365 West Dublin Granville Road
Columbus OH 43235
Join us for our first Blankets & Brew event of 2019!
On 1/16/19 from 6:30-8:00 pm, sponsor a “no-sew” blanket for $10! It takes less than an hour using only a pair of scissors (and even less than that if you choose from one of our “pre-cut” fleece)!
We have 2 community style tables reserved for our event. Just look for the person with all the fleece to sign in!
$1 per glass of beer or wine will be donated back to MVOB by Random Precision!
Random Precision will be donating an item for us to raffle off to a participant at the conclusion of the event - so make sure you stick around.
Thanks to the efforts of many volunteers and donors, we received 15,061 blankets in 2018, exceeding our 15,000 s-t-r-e-t-c-h goal.
Thank you for allowing us to give more than 15,000 children and youth in foster care a special sense of comfort and reassurance by handing them “their very own blanket,” tangible proof that they are indeed worthy of LOVE.
Our goal for 2019, our 20th anniversary, is 20,000 blankets!
Join us today!
These are busy days in our workshop with lots of volunteers cutting, tying and sewing stacks of blankets. And other blanket angels are coming through the door with their arms full of completed blankets. We're staying busy just counting! We're very close to the goal now -- 14, 697!
Join us in the MVOB workshop during the holidays to cut, tie or sew! Help reach our S-T-R-E-T-C-H goal of 15,000 blankets in 2018.
Friday, December 28 - 9 am - 3 pm
Saturday, December 29 - 10 am to Noon
Monday, December 31 - 9 am - 3 pm
January 1 - Closed
Listen to this excellent report on foster youth education that we heard yesterday on WOSU Radio's All Sides Considered.
November 27, 2018
This year, you can support My Very Own Blanket on #GivingTuesday, the global giving movement that joins millions of people around the world who come together to support the causes they believe in.
Your gift on #GivingTuesday will help MVOB provide handmade blankets to the thousands of children who must enter emergency shelters and foster care with no belongings of their own. We can't take away the difficulties they have endured, but we can provide them with immediate comfort with a cuddly blanket they can keep wherever they go.
Watch for more information as we get closer to November 27!
Will you gather with family and friends for the holidays? Here's an idea for something to do after dinner -- make "No-Sew" fleece blankets! It's easy and fun for folks of almost any age. Each blanket takes about 40 minutes. All you have to do is cut fringe with scissors and tie knots. Find simple instructions at the link below.
Sponsor a MVOB fleece kit for $10. Pick up your supplies from us (everything but scissors) in less than 10 minutes. Make your blankets and add the makers' first names to the special tags we supply. Drop off finished blankets to MVOB. That's it! Any number of blankets is appreciated; each one will help comfort a child in foster care.
Contact us at email@example.com to set up a time to pick up supplies.
"No-sew" fleece blanket instructions
My Very Own Blanket donated 150 blankets to the September 2018 Conference of the Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO). PCSAO advocates for safe children, stable families, and supportive communities.
The three-day conference drew more than 500 Ohio child protection professionals, who took bags of blankets back to their agencies to take to foster kids in their counties.
Blankets were also given at the conference to winners of the PCSAO "Rising Up & Moving On" awards. The awards are given to young people who have come through the foster care system, overcome many challenges and are successfully moving toward independent living.
Thanks to all blanket makers who make donations like this possible!