Hundreds Make Blankets For 'Project Warm-Up'
by Betsy Jibben, Reporter
December 14, 2013 6:55 PM
This school year nearly 600 homeless children go to school every day in Sioux Falls. These are kids that might not always have the basic necessities to keep warm. Saturday, 300 volunteers met at the annual 'Project Warm-Up', making fleece tie-blankets for these children in need.
With scissors in hand, Shi Almont cuts away, making a Christmas gift for someone she will never meet.
"It feels really good, especially around Christmas. This is the season of giving so this is the perfect kind of thing to give others," said Baltic student Shi Almont.
With her high school National Honors Society group, she's planning on volunteering all day.
"It's very heartfelt," said Almont.
From Superman to soccer, piles and piles of blankets sit in the gym of Edison Middle School,all handmade with care.
"It's their very own. They matches their personality and they can hang onto it and not have to share with somebody else," said Edison Middle School Assistant Principal, Tracy Vik.
Last year volunteers nearly 1500 blankets to children in need. This year, they're trying to make even more. They are keeping in mind that for some kids, it may be their only Christmas gift.
"If they have a blanket that's their own, they're going to have a little bit of warmth," said Vik.
Once each group finishes a blanket, it then goes into a box. Then the boxes will be distributed to over 6 organizations and almost every public school in Sioux Falls.
Counselors will give them to students and agencies like Minnehaha County Services and Children's Inn will put them in the hands of those who need them.
Tying in a little love and care in the form of a blanket. It’s hoping to make a difference this holiday.
'Project Warm-Up' started in 2006 with just 30 volunteers. Coordinators of the event say they distribute blankets all year long to those in need. If you are interested in donating, just send or drop off a blanket at Edison Middle School.