High need for blanket donations this winter
ST. CLOUD — In a closet at Catholic Charities, the shelf that holds the blankets is empty.
As the weather turns colder, charity officials say they need people to donate blankets to help replenish the supply.
"The requests have really increased recently to the point we look at our stash of blankets. If you have blankets, we could use them right now," said Kathryn Stolpman, manager of emergency services for Catholic Charities.
Catholic Charities goes through 20 to 25 blankets a week, Stolpman said.
People who come in and need the blankets might be homeless, new to town, in transition from being homeless or living in a car, Stolpman said.
Catholic Charities has people who come in each Wednesday and tie quilts. That provides about 10 blankets a week, she said. People who want to bring in blankets should buy them new or bring in gently used blankets. Stolpman said most of the blankets that come in are ones people found in their closets and realized they no longer use.
"If they see a good sale or see a good price if they want to contribute that way, that would be great," Stolpman said.
Groups that normally do coat drives have been asked to do blanket drives this year because the demand for blankets is high and the coat supply is adequate.
Contact Catholic Charities at 650-1550.