Each and every night, 100 million children lie down to sleep in alleyways, behind trash cans, in city dumps, or anywhere else they can find a bit of shelter: Amid the harsh realities of the street, they struggle to survive.
For such a child, a Church World Service Blanket is more than protection from a biting chill; it is tangible comforting proof that someone cares.
Church World Service has been providing comfort and assistance to those in need for more than 40 years. Working through partner agencies on the scene around the world, we are able to respond quickly in times of trouble. And those we seek to help know that we will continue to stand with them through the long days of rehabilitation and recovery as well.
To a refugee or disaster victim, a Church World Service blanket provides welcome warmth, protection from the weather, and something even more - the gentle comfort of knowing that someone somewhere cares.
Hundreds of thousands of blankets are shipped every year by Church World Service. Most are the special $5.00 wool-blend blankets secured in bulk from manufacturers. Some blankets are purchased closer to the scene of a disaster to speed delivery. Still other blankets may be received as in-kind donations from those who have good-as-new and new blankets to share.
Disasters are unpredictable, so it's good to know that we can count on one another. To meet the need for immediate response in emergencies, Church World Service must stock- pile blankets. For each $5.00 gift you provide we can buy one durable blanket.
The $5.00 blanket is a basic component of every disaster response program. When people are homeless, cold and alone, a warm woolen blanket offers primary protection and shelter. It offers emotional comfort in the most fearful of circumstances. It can't make it right, but it can make it better.
Another plus - We support local business when we purchase blankets for this mission because they are made in Fall River, MA.
WHY is the CWS Blanket important???
One of our most valuable resources, the CWS Special $5.00 Blanket provides immediate comfort in time of strife and disaster when the need is acute. Church World Service ships thousands of pounds of blankets to areas of need around the world.
Not only can it be used as a blanket; it can also be used as a tent, a mat to sleep on, a tote to carry one’s possessions, a sling to carry a baby, a stretcher, a partition, so many more different uses. You become part of this ministry of hope and help when you donate $5 for a blanket.
Look for the special Mission envelopes to support the Blanket mission in the pews March 10 & 31. You may give to this mission any time during the month of March. Please write "CWS BLANKETS" on the memo line of your check. Thank you for your support.