MARQUETTE, Mich., (WJMN) – Friends of Ore Dock BotEco Center are hosting a blanket drive from November 9 through November 22 to collect blankets for people who need them in Marquette County.
Blankets must be new in their packaging to donate. They can be dropped off at the following locations:
- Travel Marquette (Monday – Friday, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.)
- GEI consultants (Monday – Friday, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.)
- Pasta Shop (Daily, 11:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.)
- First Bank – Marquette and Ishpeming locations (Monday – Friday, 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.)
Gisele Duehring, board president for Friends of Ore Dock BotEco Center, says they wanted to do the event because they want to give back to the community.
“Our board believes that we should not always have our hands out going ‘oh support us’ but we should also support the community and boost the community so what better way than to help people come together and gather something for the community,” said Duehring.
She says blankets are an important item to collect so that people can sleep well at night.
“We’re not just talking about the little throws on your couch, or the afghan or the laprobe, we’re talking about bed sized blankets that you can really wrap up in cover up in,” said Duehring. “I mean sometimes don’t you wake up when it’s time to wake up and go ‘oh it’s just so warm under this blanket, I want to stay here a little bit longer’ but some people don’t get that.”
Sleeping well at night is important for children to do well in school and for adults to focus well at work according to Duehring.
“If they don’t sleep well because they’re cold, they’re going to be drowsy the next day at school or at work and they just can’t be their best and so warmth is as important as you know food and water, you need it all,” said Duehring.
The blankets will be distributed during December by the Salvation Army. Duehring said they partnered with the Salvation Army to distribute because they have a network of people they already reach out to.
“What we’ll do is after we’ve gathered blankets, after we’ve bought blankets with money people donate then we’ll take those over to Salvation Army,” said Duehring.
Gisele encourages any businesses in Marquette County that are interested in helping collect blankets as a drop-off location to call (906)-361-6053 and let them know.