When faced with abject poverty, gnawing hunger, or long-term homelessness, it is hard to guess what would be the most satisfying effort for assuaging someone’s desolate feelings. But an A&F-based group of Towson University employees made an effort to do something about these issues for the third time in December when Corporal Kia Williams orchestrated the collection of several hundred blankets to distribute to the homeless.
TU did this first in 2010, and even induced employees with nimble fingers to sew blankets. Corporal Williams repeated the charity effort in 2011, and this past year gathered even more contributions. We have not run out of creative and charitable energy yet!
These pictures illustrate that a good many people made a trip to the University Union to give away brand new or gently used blankets – some cheerful and fringed, some snowy white. All of the blankets were donated to St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore. From there, the blankets were distributed to Sarah’s Hope, a 24-hour emergency shelter, and the Beans & Bread Outreach Center. There was evidence of immediate gratification as recipients chose blankets and responded in a heartfelt way to Cpl. William and TUPD collaborator Sergeant Samuel Hannigan.
Your TUPD correspondent feels compelled to confess that for two years the makings of a wild swirly purple, red, yellow and turquoise flannel blanket have been in her bottom desk drawer, complete with sewing instructions, pins and a fringing device. She was moderately daunted by the first attempt to assemble the blanket and to get it to the Union on time. Ditto in 2011 and 2012. This year, however, she’ll go for the gold. The cheerful, warming fabric will be on its way to helping people who are out in the cold December. That’s a promise.