Join Sleep Experts and Girl Scouts in sharing the warmth this holiday season with families in need!
Fast facts on this year's giving back program:
• Sleep Experts' 1st Annual Share The Warmth Blanket Drive in Austin asks families to drop off new or gently used blankets at any of the retailer’s 7 Austin locations, starting October 29th through Thanksgiving. For store locations, visit sleepexperts.com.
• This year’s Blanket Drive will benefit four area non-profit organizations across Austin, each sharing a mission to help homeless families become self-sufficient: SafePlace, Center for Child Protection, Saint Louise House, and Foundation Communities.
• The Girl Scouts of Central Texas will be helping to Share the Warmth by collecting blankets in their area.
• Everyone has an extra blanket around the house, so clean out your closet and donate a blanket today. We also accept donations of comforters, sheets, towels and pillows. It’s a simple way to help a family in need by sharing the warmth during a difficult time.
• Girl Scouts are encouraged to participate in a variety of service projects so that they learn the importance of giving back to the community. Share the Warmth is a great way for them to do something good for families in need. For more information, visit www.gsctx.org.
About the beneficiaries:
• SafePlace (www.safeplace.org) provides a 105-bed emergency shelter; extensive transitional services; counseling, prevention and education programs for domestic and sexual survivors.
• Center for Child Protection (www.centerforchildprotection.org) is a child-friendly, specially-equipped facility where children go for recorded forensic interviews, medical exams, counseling and intervention during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases. It is the only nonprofit in Travis County involved in the investigation of crimes against children.
• Saint Louise House (www.saintlouisehouse.org) provides affordable housing and essential services to mothers and children experiencing homelessness in Central Texas. In their apartment-style housing environment, families are embraced and encouraged to be a part of our supportive community as they work or attend school.
• Foundation Communities (www.foundcom.org) provides first class, affordable homes and support services for thousands of low-income families and individuals, empowering them with the tools they need to succeed. They own and operate 16 properties in Austin and North Texas.
-Kate Lipinski, GSCTX Program Lead