6th Annual Page's Blanket Drive wraps up with record number of donations
In 2014 Page's Blanket Drive founder Page Cherry was inspired to make a difference. "I was in Leadership Lake Houston through the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce. During that year, we had a Social Services Day and it was then that I learned about the homeless in our area. Instantly I knew something had to be done to help those right here in our own community." said Cherry. "Of course, I know we don't have the coldest weather but I also know that being wrapped in a blanket can make you feel better, kinda like getting a hug, be honest, we can all use a hug from time to time when things aren't ideal!"
Her first year, she received 201 new blankets with a goal of 100. "I was blown away by the support from family, friends and local businesses being drop off locations. We have surpassed our goal every single year bringing us to last year. We raised 1041 blankets for the homeless with the goal being 1000. We got shipments almost daily, checks in the mail, Venmo, cash in hand to purchase blankets, it was wild, crazy and amazing!"
The 6th Annual Page's Blanket Drive has done an amazing job once again. With a goal of 1500 this year, 1618 brand new blankets were donated and have been dropped off to Humble Area Assistance Ministries, FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center, Family Promise of Lake Houston, Mission Northeast and HomeAid Houston. "I was going to end on a high note last year until I got the support and encouragement from Tiffany Austin Avila and Alex Gasper to keep on going. These ladies wanted to join forces with me to continue knocking it out of the park! Of course, the girl scout troop showing up at the restaurant with the blankets we needed to reach 1000 also played a huge part. People (adults and children alike) in our community love to give and who am I to take that away from them, lol. My husband, David and children, Dylan and Ashley Cherry are huge helpers and supporters, too."
Photos: Page's Blanket Drive