This Texas winter (yes, even Texas gets cold), Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless is gearing up to give out blankets for those that will bear out this winter directly in the elements.
This project had been discussed before and some prep work laid out, but kicked into high gear last Sunday, November 12th, at our giveaway where one disabled patron of ours in a wheelchair inquired about keeping warm. After we went through the line on her behalf, packing a bag of items "with socks" as she stressed, she asked us for a coat or blanket that she could use. In her words, "we gonna freeze to death out here in this cold."
For this goal, we are seeking to distribute at least 175 blankets at our giveaways in December and January, along with the long socks and knitted hats we already have. To do this, we have been searching for the best deals from reliable sources. One of the best so far are Mainstays Fleece Throws (50x60 inch) for $2.50 at Wal-Mart (link is just one example). Unfortunately, these can only be picked up at the store, not shipped. In addition, IKEA has VITMOSSA Fleece Throws at $1.99 (thanks to Emily for the tip). So, if you are local, please consider picking up some of these to bring to the next giveaway.
If you can't make the next giveaway on December 3rd, or want to support this effort, you can send in a donation through our PayPal link here or the Donation button above. Donations received will go directly towards purchasing blankets in the most cost-effective way possible to maximize the amount we can give out.
If you find another place to order blankets from or have some you wish to donate, you can either:
As of the date of this post, we are already 25 blankets into this project (major thanks to 2 awesome folks), and we're hopeful we can make a difference, no matter how small, in the lives of our friends and neighbors.
Thanks to everyone for your support,
Update 11/14/17: To add IKEA blanket info provided by Emily