These true stories of blankets and children in foster care are proof that every blanket we put into the hands of a child is important.
A caseworker's story
A small blanket made a big difference in the life of a small girl.
It was a cold day in February 2016.
Our agency had been working with a single mother who had a poorly-supervised 3-year-old daughter. The little girl was very curious about her surroundings and didn't know a stranger, as her mother often left her with just about anyone who would watch her so she could party, work or hang out with friends. The little girl felt comfortable exploring her surroundings and often did this.
One cold February morning the agency got a call from law enforcement that the little girl had been found wandering in the road near a gas station. She was dressed in only a t-shirt and underwear. She was hungry, as she had not eaten in a long time.
When law enforcement found her she said that she was looking for her mother. The little girl had been left with strangers for a few days and she missed her mother, so she went looking for her. When the people she was staying with lay down for a morning nap, the little girl left the home in search of her mother. Law enforcement stated that when they found her, she was cold and afraid.
The caseworker that responded to the call grabbed a "My Very Own Blanket.” The blanket was pink and purple and had flowers on it. The law enforcement officer wrapped her up in all they could find to cover her, a scratchy wool cloth. The child’s eyes lit up when she saw the brightly colored, soft pink and purple blanket. Our caseworker wrapped that blanket around her and the fear left her eyes. The little girl was taken into agency custody, and she carried her blanket around with her the entire day until she was placed in a foster home.
The little girl is still in our agency care, and her foster mother reports that she sleeps with this blanket on her bed every night. When the little girl comes into the office to visit her mother she will often walk by the office of the caseworker who removed her. She will often say "Hi" and then say "you gave me my blanket."
Our agency sends great thanks to My Very Own Blanket and the many Blanket Angel volunteers for their donation of blankets, as they DO bring comfort to many of the children we work with.
~ Denise Children's Services Auglaize County, Ohio
True story of a child and a blanket
Kathie, a new MVOB volunteer, told us how she heard about My Very Own Blanket. "Taylor was a child in my fifth grade class. She brought in a very special blanket to show me that she received one night. She said the sheriff came at midnight to get her and her mother out of their apartment. Her mother said, 'Grab your hairbrush.' The brush was all she had until the sheriff gave her a blanket. It was from My Very Own Blanket. Taylor was so touched that a stranger made this for her. I could tell that it was well loved and used every night. What a treasure for a scared little girl! Thank you for all you do to help children in care feel loved! "
Blanket comforts traumatized child in Alabama
March 2021 A five-year-old boy in Alabama recently received one of our blankets on a traumatic day when he desperately needed some comfort. We want to share his story as told by Valencia, the Program Manager with the Office of Foster Care for the State of Alabama, in a virtual conversation with Jessica Rudolph.
At left is the photo that Valencia sent us, taken on the day the blanket was given.
Inside the men’s prison Blanket Workshop with My Very Own Blanket
(for privacy purposes to the victims’ families the faces of the gentlemen have been covered).
I work with approximately 9 men at the Pickaway Correctional Institution. The "blanket workshop" is located in the Community Service Building and is equipped with our sewing machines and related tools. (Men understand “tools” better than scissors, etc.)
These men work here 5 days a week. The skill levels vary but I am impressed with the improvement and eagerness to learn. Each and every one has a special talent; be it design, construction or color. They are so proud of their projects and talk about their younger years and how they want to help these kids today.
It is a productive and healing way for these men to have this opportunity, “giving back” to a system in which 80% of inmates have been touched by the foster care system.
Thank you for supporting My Very Own Blanket and this uplifting opportunity that touches so many lives!