SFU Community Blanketeers seeks donations for annual blanket drive

Melita O'Donnell | 09/11/2023


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Blanket Collection Kicks-Off September 25

The Saint Francis University Community Blanketeers collection will begin September 25 and run through November 1, 2023.  The Saint Francis University blanketeer group was organized in 2006 by Dr. Robin Cadwallader, Dr. Margaret Kealey, and Melita O’Donnell. Since 2006, the Blanketeers have collected more than 2,337 beautiful quilted, crocheted, knitted, and embroidered blankets, which have been donated to local children in Blair County, Cambria County, and surrounding areas. 


How to contribute:

Each year the Blanketeers focus on creating comfy, soft blankets for babies and young children.  The group has also extended the  blanket collection to include lap blankets for the elderly. All blankets should be new and handmade in a size suitable for small hands or laps (approximately 36 x 48 inches).  While any materials are acceptable, washable fabrics and yarns are desirable as these blankets will get a lot of use and see many washings.  Before blankets are distributed, a small label will be sewn onto a corner of one that reads, Saint Francis University Community Blanketeers. The crib, located in the entranceway of Scotus Hall, is waiting to be filled with loads of beautiful blankets. Thanks to the generous donation from the President’s Office the crib will be donated to a local family in need at the end of the blanket drive. For additional information regarding the Saint Francis University Community Blanketeers, please contact Melita O’Donnell at modonnell@francis.edu or call 814-472-3004.