|Lily Fite, 4, snuggles into the crocheted afghan with her new stuffed mouse, hat and scarf donated by the Blankets 4 Kids program. She and other students at the Prescott Valley Head Start benefited from the program on Nov. 21.|
Trib Photo/Sue Tone
Every child and sibling received a warm blanket, hat, scarf and small stuffed toy at the Prescott Valley Head Start on Nov. 21, thanks to the Blankets 4 Kids program.
Judy Bluhm, who brought about 85 blanket rolls to the center, said the Blankets 4 Kids program started in 2009 with 500 donated blankets. This year, they are "on track" to give out 4,000 to children and families in need.
People donate yarn to the Hat Ladies, Bluhm said, who knit or crochet the hats and scarves. Others make the afghans, quilts or fleece blankets that the group distributes to the food banks, schools, churches, charities, and Yarnell fire families.
They also receive phone calls from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office, local police and fire agencies, Catholic Charities, Child Protective Services, and foster care families requesting blankets as needed.
This is the first year the organization has "officially" donated to Head Start, said Jenny Donithan, the center's director, but families have received blankets in the past.
"Our families really benefit through this program. Some can't afford a big electric bill and turn down the heat," Donithan said.
Blankets 4 Kids will be in front of Kohl's Department Store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 7, collecting blankets, hats, scarves and stuffed animals. Donation boxes are also at Kmart, JC Penney, Walmart stores, Safeway in Prescott Valley, StoneRidge, Costco, the VA Center Building 15, and other places around the quad-communities.
For more information, call Ron Campbell at 928-541-0483.