Blanket Drive for the Homeless

I’ve had a dream like forever, to collect blankets each winter and drive around town giving them out to the homeless. Being from Chicago, I always pictured Lower Wacker Drive, where many homeless used to congregate to be somewhat shielded from natures elements.


For likely over a decade, it’s been on my mind, but I reasoned my way out of it year after year, thinking of all the reasons it wouldn’t work if I organized it myself. But tonight something changed in me.

Tonight, I accepted that the idea didn’t necessarily come to me for me to do it on my own. It wasn’t until I mentioned it to a friend who IMMEDIATELY said, “Let’s do it” when I mentioned it to her last year that I even began to see it as possible. Tonight, that same friend told me she’s been collecting blankets, grabbing a few with her last few paychecks and told me she wants to do it on Thanksgiving! Why didn’t I think of that?

So, I’m extending the idea to you. I don’t have to do it by myself. AND I don’t have to do it as some grand organized event. There are homeless people in every city, likely in every nation. Why not add a couple extra blankets to your Holiday shopping list? Organize a simple and safe plan for dropping off with a couple friends, family, your organization, and maybe get tips from a local homeless agency or shelter, and just do it! — Marlene Dillon, author of I’m Proud to Be Natural Me! 

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