My Very Own Blanket has been selected for the 2019 Best of Westerville Award in the Non-Profit Organization category by the Westerville Award Program.
Each year, the Westerville Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Westerville area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Westerville Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Westerville Award Program and data provided by third parties.
We usually don’t learn directly about the effect of the blankets we give to children in foster care. Today is different.
Lori, a Volunteer Coordinator from Montgomery County CASA*, picked up a bag of 100 blankets this morning to replenish their supply. She shared this with us:
“We frequently ask the children we represent if there is anything that we can provide for them, if there is anything they need. Over and over, they tell us: their own blanket. It stays with them if they move, it isn't borrowed, it isn't used, it doesn't belong to their foster parents. It truly is something of their very own.”
Each blanket you make matters. Lori was very grateful to receive them. So many children are entering foster care that CASA struggles to provide a blanket for each of them. Thank you for providing love and comfort to children in foster care.
*CASAs are Court Appointed Special Advocates, volunteers who make a life-changing difference for children who have experienced abuse or neglect. Each volunteer is appointed by a judge to advocate for a child’s best interest in court. Our volunteers help judges develop a fuller picture of each child’s life. Their advocacy enables judges to make the most well-informed decision for each child. www.casaforchildren.org
Last Spring, Tina Green and her colleague Shelly, Montgomery County WWK (Wendy’s Wonderful Kids) recruiters, visited our Blanket Workshop to pick out some of the larger blankets for the youth in foster care attending Camp Joy, the WWK summer camp for young people aged 12 - 17.
(Original story: https://www.myveryownblanket.org/news/archives/04-2019)
Tina recently sent us this email that we want to share with you:
Here are some photos of our youth enjoying the blankets during movie night!
We took pictures of our youth with the blankets they received. They loved them so much and slept with them at night.