The Salt Lake City Fire Department is looking for a few (thousand) good blankets.
With winter blowing into Salt Lake City, fire officials are asking residents to donate blankets to the homeless. Their hope is that it will keep those most at risk for exposure a little warmer and a little safer."We respond to at least 1,200 winter exposure calls each year," said Marla Gonzalez, a Salt Lake City fire clerk. "About one third of those involves children."
The fire department is asking donors to deliver new or clean blankets to any Salt Lake fire station. Firefighters are hoping to collect 5,000 blankets by Thanks-giving, which is when the campaign ends. Gonzalez said fire fighters have collected 1,500 blankets so far.
Travelers Aid Society gets most of the blankets with a request of 4,500, Gonzalez said. The county Detoxification Center asked for 400, Salt Lake County Aging hopes to get 200 and the Indian Walk-in Center requested 100 blankets, she said.
"We had 336 children, age 12 and under, receive blankets last winter," said Rosina Trujillo, of Travelers Aid. "These children became very attached to their blankets. The blankets often become prized possessions, giving them warmth and a sense of security that is often lacking in their lives."
Fire stations will take blanket donations from Oct. 1 until December 1.
The fire department spearheads the program "to show the community we're concerned about the at-risk population surviving the winter," said Gonzalez.
"We're also hoping this program will heighten community awareness of the (homeless) problem and prompt them to become involved."
Those who want to donate blankets but aren't sure where a fire station is, can call 799-4103.
- Salt Lake officer captured Dillon Taylor...
- Lunch manager on leave after diabetic student...
- North Ogden woman sent to prison in...
- Tips lead police to arrest of public enemy No. 1
- Odyssey Elementary opens doors for...
- Stranger donates vehicle to Bountiful...
- Family seeks change as poisoned tea...
- Utah County teen made bomb threat, other...
- Poll: Utahns willing to fight for... 58
- Utah argues for more time to file... 41
- Utah claims top ACT scores for second year 33
- Government regulation has become like... 31
- Lunch manager on leave after diabetic... 27
- State asks for more time to file appeal... 24
- Poll: Majority of Utahns in favor of... 22
- Jay Evensen: Is Provo really an... 22