It’s 2:00AM and you are sound asleep. Suddenly, a loud beeping wakes you up. It’s the smoke alarm. Panicked, you jump out of bed to find your room filled with smoke. You spring into action and crawl toward the window. Once out of the house, you stand in the snow watching the house aflame. One neighbor calls 911 while another calls the American Red Cross. The fire department and medical personnel arrive and get to work. In just a short time, Red Cross volunteers are on the scene. They wrap a blanket around your shoulders and tell you they are there to help you. And they are.
At the American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids chapter last year, volunteers responded to over 175 disasters and served over 540 clients. At each of these disasters, volunteers offered clients material support through the use of comfort kits and blankets. A blanket is often the first belonging that a client owns following a house fire. Sadly, the Grand Rapids Red Cross is running dangerously low on blankets this winter.
On Monday January 17 from 12-7PM, the Americorps members from the American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids will partner with both Griffin Properties and Meijer to restock the disaster blanket supply. By sewing blankets together, these volunteers are doing their part to support the cause. They will also be hosting a blanket drive, which will be open for all to attend.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., we invite you to come and take part in this project. Please bring a new or gently used blanket (or two!) to 1050 Fuller Avenue NE on January 17 between noon and 7PM.
This project is another installment in the year long Heart Work is Hard Work project series. If you would like to get involved in this project, or projects like this, please email Elizabeth Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (616) 456-8661 ext. 3501 for more information. Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” So, what are you doing?