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Local Programs Come Back To Warm Up The Lowcountry Again This Winter
Published:
11/2/2015 2:37:29 PM


The Matthews Family. Photo Credit: Kim Craven
 

Blankies 4 My Buddies and Project Warm Hands are back this year to gather warm clothes and blankets for Lowcountry residents. On Saturday, November 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the       programs will reunite to host the third annual drop-off event at Angie’s Hair Studio located at 3025 Ashley Phosphate Road. All are invited to donate unwanted, gently-used winter clothing, including warm coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves, hats, scarves, boots, and (new) socks, as well as new or used gently used child-themed blankets. All items will be donated to local charities that provide shelter and basic needs at no cost for families in need. Children’s blankets are  donated to local hospitals and charities to provide an extra dose of comfort and warmth for sick and displaced children during the holidays. Last year, nearly 1,000 pieces were collected.


Blankies 4 My Buddies was founded in 2013 by 8 year-old C.J. Matthews and his mother, Kristen Wright-Matthews to honor the loss of the family’s baby girl that year. “CJ was having a hard time coping and so his dad and I decided that  doing something in her honor would help him to deal with it better,” says Wright-Matthews.


“Organizing Blankies 4 My Buddies has not only helped him to cope with our loss, but it also gives him the opportunity to learn about helping others and being a leader,” she says. “Children learn from what they see, so we demonstrate the qualities that we want him to emulate.”


“C.J. is an extraordinary child and it has been an awesome experience to watch him take ownership of this program. By starting this at an early age, as he grows into a man, he will realize that he can do anything that he sets his mind to.”


Local stylist and beauty expert, Angie Ravenel started Project Warm Hands almost a decade ago when her sons were in school. “I saw so many students without adequate clothing when it was cold and I wanted to do something to help,” says Ravenel. “As a business owner in the North Charleston community, I believe that it is important to give back to the     people who have supported my business over the years.”


“I enjoy working with the Matthews family because it sends a very important message to families about teaching our children to be good citizens,” says Ravenel.


Blankies 4 My Buddies began as a crowdfunding project to get support from family and friends around the country who wanted to support C.J.’s desire to prevent kids from being cold and lonely. Last year, Blankies 4 My Buddies collected over 500 blankets with the support of online donations, and its work with Kids Exchange Charleston and Curves of West Ashley.  C.J. set his goal at 700 blankets this year.  Donations can be made online at www.gofundme.com/blankies4mybuddies.


Call  or email  for more information, or to coordinate a group donation. Visit Blankies 4 My Buddies online at www.blankies4mybuddies.org

 

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