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Local Programs Collaborate to Provide Warm Clothes and Blankets
10/21/2013 8:49:12 PM

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - Project Warm Hands and Blankies 4 My Buddies has joined forces to help keep the Lowcountry warm this winter. On Saturday, November 2, the groups will host a drop-off event at Angie's Hair Studio located at 3025 Ashley Phosphate Road from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Donations of gently-used winter clothing, including coats, jackets, sweatshirts, gloves, hats, scarves, boots, new socks, and children's blankets are needed. Lowcountry Orphan Relief and My Sister's House are two of the charities slated to benefit from the event.

Project Warm Hands was founded by Charleston native, Angie Ravenel, a local stylist and beauty expert who developed the program out of concern for young people not having appropriate clothing for cold weather. Each year, she rallies her clients to bring in warm gear to donate to disadvantaged men, women, and children during the winter months. "When my sons were in school, I often noticed students without warm coats and hats when the weather was cold, and I decided to do something about it," says Ravenel.

In the past 3 years, Project Warm Hands has collected and donated over 2,000 items to local shelters and charitable organizations. "I am very excited about working with Blankies 4 My Buddies this year, and the idea of young children getting involved with giving back in our communities," says Ravenel.

Blankies 4 My Buddies was created by 6 year-old, "C.J." Matthews, a student at Laurel Hill Primary School in Mt. Pleasant, last March. His mother, Kristen Wright-Matthews, a former teacher and publicist who spent many years working with at-risk youth in the streets of Los Angeles, developed a crowd funding page for family members and friends to donate funds after "C.J." told her that he never wanted for any kids to be cold or lonely. Wright-Matthews says, "I was raised with the giving spirit, and that is one characteristic that I am proud to pass down to my son."

Blankies 4 My Buddies accepts new and/or gently used children's blankets. Donations can also be made online at www.gofundme.com/blankies4mybuddies. In addition to the benefitting charities, C.J. and friends will have the opportunity to experience giving first-hand by delivering blankets to children in local hospitals.

Please call (404) 641-7195for more information, or to coordinate a group donation.

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