Community Helps Make Blanket Donation Event A Success
PLAINS TWP. — One for me, one for the other guy.
That was the underlying message of the Christmas Blanket and Donation event at Ss. Peter & Paul Church in Plains Twp. on Sunday.
Dozens of people paid $20 for two 72-inch blankets. Each of them got to keep one blanket, while the other blanket will be donated to veterans or the homeless.
This was the first year the church held the event, which turned out to be a great success, according to Nina Cinti, one of the organizers and a community events volunteer for the church.
The organizers expected about 10 or 12 people to buy the two-blanket bundles, but the final count ended up at 46, Cinti said.
Volunteers filled much of the church’s recreation hall Sunday afternoon to prepare the blankets — supplied by Joanne Fabric and Craft Stores — for delivery.
That required some care and attention to detail.
“It’s not as easy as I thought it would be,” said volunteer and church member Betsy Malacheski.
She and volunteer Joseph Sperrazza carefully cut the edges of the blankets, lining up the fringes evenly.
“You know what, it’s fun,” Malacheski said.
The fun spread to members of other churches.
Sperrazza attends services at Parker Hill Church, but he and his wife, Carolyn, heard about the blanket donation at Ss. Peter & Paul and decided to pitch in.
“We just like helping,” said Joseph Sperrazza.
Even a technical glitch did not slow down the blanket benefit. One shipment of blankets had not arrived at the church by mid-afternoon Sunday. Organizers planned to hold a follow-up event later this week, at which the church’s youth members will get a chance to perform community service by prepping the blankets for donation, according to Cinti.
This year’s blanket benefit proved such a success that the church plans to organize a similar event next fall, with more lead time before the holidays, Cinti said.
The church also maintains a food pantry, she said.
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