Macomb Blankets Campaign Succeeds
Wednesday, 03 March 2010
By Nicole Tuttle, The Voice
Warm hearts led to generous donations of warm fleece in Macomb Township, helping to make the "No One Cold" campaign successful.
The campaign, which began on Dec. 1 and ran through Feb. 28, was a collaborative effort between the Macomb Township Fire Department, the Macomb Township Marvin Blank Senior Center and the Macomb Township Fire Corps.
The groups sought donations of two and a half yards of fleece material in any color or pattern to create fleece tie blankets. Members of the township's senior center made the blankets, which were then distributed through the fire department and corps.
The program received 100 pieces of new, clean, unused and pre-cut fleece, according to Aubrey Brohl, a member of the fire corps who also served as coordinator of the township's senior program.
"The purpose of the campaign was to create community involvement towards a good cause," Brohl said. "Through the overwhelming response of generous donations, the members of the Macomb Township Senior Center were able to make approximately 50 beautiful blankets, which have been given to the Macomb Township Fire Department to disburse amongst the community."
Macomb Township Fire Sgt. Dwayne Thompson first developed the idea for the campaign in October 2009, after his youngest son was given care and a blanket by Medstar Ambulance. Thompson said that after noticing a tag on the blanket indicating that it had been donated, he thought the fire department could create a similar project as it carries blankets on fire engines and the corps gathers things to give fire victims.
Thompson was pleased with the results of this year's campaign and would like to do another campaign next year around the same time. Almost half of the blankets created have been distributed, but some are still available, according to Thompson.
Brohl said that many hands went into the making of the blankets.
"It is really great to live and work in a community that cares so much about working together towards the benefit of others," Brohl said.