NATIONAL ALLIANCE TO END VETERAN SUICIDE®

Blankets For Hope

Blankets For Hope is one chapter of our Warriors Christmas Tale that we organize to benefit our Homeless Veterans.

This is a movement seeking to fill a void within communities across our nation. The number of Veterans and their families on the streets, or sleeping in their cars every night is staggering and growing with every passing day.

The Cold Hard Facts:

  • Our Veterans make up somewhere between 25% - 33% of the homeless in our nation.
  • The largest growth population is with our recent Female Veterans.
  • Common for war veterans, they get angy and punch the wall. Now a DV case, they cannot see their family and end up sleeping in their car.
  • Whole familes are homeless.
The exciting part of this movement is that it allows the entire community to be a part of it and you don't have to be a Veteran to make a difference!

Blankets For Hope - a Clothing Drive for Homeless Veterans
We ask, "What's In Your Closet" that you haven't used and could make someone on the street or sleeping in their car more comfortable. Consider starting a collection box at your church, office or a nearby business, asking others to donate New and Gently Used Items like:

New Socks & New Undergarments - Sleeping bags - Coats - Blankets - Small Tarps - Hats – Gloves/Mittens - Single-use Hand Warmers

Considering that whole families are homeless, the need is there for clothing for our Male & Female Veterans as well as their children.

A touching story: Our volunteers were receiving clothing during December's winter weather when a family walked near and then stopped. One of them, a young girl around 10 years old, looked at her family for their approval then approached our tent. She asked; "Are you accepting coats for the children of our homeless veterans?" Our team responded with, "Yes of course." She then took the coat off her back and handed it to our team. The volunteers all started to cry and got that there is hope in our nation.

Please become a Volunteer Champion and take on creating this event as a collaboration in your area. We will provide guidance and the formula for success.

Specific Event Locations:

Online with Aetna (CLOSED on 11/24):

We are grateful to Aetna Insurance Company for their partnership in offering this amazing event online. Several offices are involved and the goods received will go to local non-profits near those offices. Available online from 11/6/17 through 11/24/17.

Click here for list of Aetna offices and their sub pages

2017 Western Washington State:

This is our 8th Annual - Washington State collaboration of the Rescue Mission of Tacoma, our local VA Hospital, Krispy Kreme of Tacoma, other local businesses and of course you!    We distribute what we gather to the Veteran programs at; the Rescue Mission, the VA Hospital at American Lake and the WDVA Veteran homes in Orting and Retsil.
  * Business owners, organizations or individuals that want to help our Veterans and their families, please contact Tony Dayton at 253-878-8871 or Rod Wittmier at 253-256-2015.

Click here for Tacoma Blankets For Hope flier
Click here for Blankets For Hope sign to put on collection box

Western Washington State - Area Timeline:
When
What Where
Sat 12/16/17
10:00am - 3:00pm
Blankets For Hope:  Winter clothing drive for our homeless Veteran families Krispy Kreme
4302 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Tacoma, WA
Sun 12/17/17
10:00am - 3:00pm
Blankets For Hope:  Winter clothing drive for our homeless Veteran families Krispy Kreme
4302 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Tacoma, WA
Sun 12/10/17
5:00 - 9:00pm
Feast of Valor: Holiday social with food, fun, live music for our Veteran families in need Building 9, American Lake VA Hospital, Tacoma, WA
Click here for Tacoma - Warriors Christmas Tale donation letter.

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