Emma’s Blanket Drive, an annual blanket collection effort in Warren County, came to another successful conclusion on Monday.
“We have such an amazing community,” said teenager Emma Young, who spearheads the local program. “They are so giving. I can’t say thank you enough. I am beyond grateful.”
Emma surpassed her goal of 500 blankets and actually collected 668. Collected in 2020 was 376 blankets, while that goal was only 200.
The blankets are donated to organizations such as the Children’s Advocacy Center, Families in Crisis and given to homeless individuals living in Warren County.
Emma’s Blanket Drive completed its fifth year. It began after Young asked herself, “How can I help the homeless in my community?”
“I’ve read about what others have done to help their communities and wondered what I could do to help mine,” said Young. “I’ve participated in community service projects through 4-H. I love helping people. I started thinking about what I could do on my own. It was getting colder, so I thought I’d collect blankets and give those to people who need them.”
Young began accepting new or gently used blankets and quilts for what would become an annual program.