Giving Buddies

10,000 children and families helped around the world. Want to request warmth from Twill? Say Hi at Hello@myTwill.com

United States

California 

Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House - 25 blankets given http://rmhcsc.org/losangeles/

In 1977 a group of committed parents, medical staff and McDonald's owner/operators met to begin planning for the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House, the third house to be chartered nationally. Construction for the House began in 1978 on Fountain Avenue across the street from Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The first Ronald McDonald House to be built from the ground up.

 

Operation Gratitude - 68 beanies given - https://www.operationgratitude.com

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits,  Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home.

Connecticut

Danbury Children First - 45 blankets given http://www.danburychildrenfirst.org/
Simply, Danbury Children First is here to involve, empower, and support parents to improve the lives of children. This is done by education and providing information to parents for advocacy for children. The first goal is for all children to succeed in school to their full potential. Being founded in 1995, Danbury Children First provides programs including parent leadership and people empowering people to improve children's lives.

Georgia

Atlanta Children's Shelter - https://www.acsatl.org/
Atlanta Children’s Shelter provides free, quality day care, emotional support, an educational curriculum for homeless children, and focused social services for their families.  Dedicated to helping families overcome the issues that contribute to homelessness, including domestic violence and job loss, the Atlanta Children’s Shelter focuses on the long term self sufficiency of the family – which sets us apart from other Atlanta homeless shelters.

Maine 

Kids Peace - 18 blankets givenhttps://www.kidspeace.org

KidsPeace is a private charity dedicated to serving the behavioral and mental health needs of children, families and communities. 
Founded in 1882, KidsPeace provides a unique psychiatric hospital; a comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; and a variety of foster care and community-based treatment programs to help people in need overcome challenges and transform their lives.

Massachusetts

Abby's House  - 30 Blankets given http://www.abbyshouse.org/abbyshouse/

 Abby Kelley Foster House, Inc. (Abby’s House) opened in 1976 as one of the first overnight emergency shelters for women -- with or without children -- in the U.S  Abby’s House is committed to ending homelessness. In this spirit, we have not expanded shelter services, but rather, have expanded the number of service-enriched, affordable housing units.

Horizons for Homeless Children 25 Blankets given 16 Beanies given -  http://horizonschildren.org

Horizons for Homeless Children is leading the fight in Massachusetts to help alleviate the trauma and stress of homelessness on both children and their families by providing world-class early education, vital opportunities for play, support for parents, and crucial advocacy on behalf of some of our most marginalized citizens.

New York 

 

 

The Albany Damien Center - 10 blankets given - http://www.albanydamiencenter.org/

Founded in 1990, the Damien Center is a resource center designed to improve health, reduce stress and increase the quality of life in a supportive atmosphere for individuals and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. As a membership-based organization The Albany Damien Center provides programs and services, free-of-charge, in a welcoming and culturally diverse environment. Whether you have just tested HIV+ or have known it for a long time, you are not alone. At the Damien Center you will find the resources you need to live positively, and make new friends who understand what it is like to live with this disease.

Albany Medical Center – 194 blankets given - http://www.amc.edu/

Albany Medical Center is northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center and is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 734-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and which also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with more than 450 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life.

Alliance for Positive Health

Alliance for Positive Health – 62 blankets given -http://www.allianceforpositivehealth.org/

The mission of the Alliance for Positive Health is to reduce the impact and incidence of HIV/AIDS and other serious medical and social conditions. Inspiring healthy lives and caring communities is what the organization visions. With seven core values, the Alliance for Positive Health is a community based organization dedicated to improving lives impacted by HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. For over 30 years the Alliance for Positive Health has modeled client centered care and provided skills to help those served make informed decisions.

American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society – 150 blankets given  120 beanies given- http://www.cancer.org/

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. With millions of supporters worldwide, ACS helps people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.  

American Red Cross

American Red Cross – 498 blankets given - http://www.redcross.org/local/eny

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The Eastern New York chapter serves 24 counties and more than 2.5 million people. This chapter is comprised of the North Country, Mohawk Valley, Northeastern New York & Mid-Hudson Valley chapters. For more than a century, people across Eastern New York have been able to depend on the Red Cross to provide relief for disaster victims, health and safety training, support for members of the military and a safe and stable blood supply. Between July 1st, 2013 and June 30th, 2014, The American Red Cross Eastern New York Region has responded to 577 local disasters and has provided 925 families with shelter, food, comfort and hope after a disaster in their life.

Berkshire Farm Center & Services for Youth http://www.berkshirefarm.org

Berkshire Farm Center &  Services for Youth in one of New York State’s Leading nonprofit child welfare agencies, serving 8,500 children and their family members across New York State in 2014 alone.  Berkshire Farm's employees work in settings that often challenge the heart and the mind, know that what they do matters. They understand that their work directly contributes to the success of the agency and to the many achievements made by the thousands of young lives we serve. With support from caring individuals and forward looking businesses, we empower children, their families, and their communities to become healthier and stronger.

Bus Stop Club  http://www.busstopclub.com

This organization was started in 2005 and officially became a not-for-profit agency in April of 2009.  They provide a wonderful opportunity for siblings of children with chronic illness or special needs to go under the care and supervision of staff and to get the support they need to help overcome the everyday battles they are faced with. Caring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with a chronic physical or mental illness has an impact upon the entire family.  Siblings of individuals with a chronic illness face the challenges of coping with the diagnosis, understanding the illness and what it means for their siblings, and adjusting their daily routine according to the new needs of their siblings.  Thus, they often may feel that their needs are less important and they sometimes find themselves facing emotions of confusion, fear jealousy, anxiety, helplessness and anger.

Capital City Rescue Mission - 100 blankets given - https://capitalcityrescuemission.com

Capital City Rescue Mission is dedicated to proclaiming the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ to the homeless and needy of the Capital Region. Providing for the whole person -body, mind and spirit- that they will return to society maturing in Christ as productive citizens.

Catholic Charities - 25 blankets given - http://www.ccrcda.org 

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany is one of the largest, private, social service agencies in the region, helping more than 84,000 people each year in the fourteen counties of the Albany Diocese. Their motive is simple: to address basic human need at all stages of life regardless of race, religious belief, ethnicity, or lifestyle with special emphasis on the poor and vulnerable in our society. Catholic Charities offers a wide spectrum of services, from addressing basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter; to more specialized needs such as mental health counseling, prison support services, programs for low-income families, and disaster assistance. They focus on helping the most vulnerable in our communities, including people with developmental disabilities, pregnant and parenting teens, immigrants and refugees, the unemployed, victims of domestic violence, and the homeless.  Catholic Charities advocates on behalf of the poor and vulnerable and collaborates with others to build a more just society.

Code Blue Saratoga - 13 blankets given - https://www.codebluesaratoga.org/wordpress/

Code Blue is a walk-in, emergency homeless shelter in Saratoga Springs that offers a hot meal and a warm and safe place to sleep when temperatures in the city are below 32 degrees or there is significant snow fall. It is supported by the city and community organizations, funded by donations and grants, and staffed by volunteers.

Cohoes Community Center -  25 blankets given -

http://www.cohoescommunitycenter.org/index.htm  

The Cohoes Community Center Incorporated is open to the public without regard to ethnic origins, religious orientation or social background.  The Center provides services to meet the recreational, social, vocational and child care needs of the residents of Cohoes and Capital Region through organized programs for families, children, young adults and senior citizens.   For the past 38 years, the Cohoes Community Center has been providing a community gathering space for people of all ages.

Columbia Memorial Health -  4 blankets given -  https://www.columbiamemorialhealth.org

The mission of Columbia Memorial Health is to provide our communities with safe, high-quality, comprehensive health care services in a dignified and compassionate environment. CMH has been improving the health of the Mid-Hudson Valley since 1889. Currently there are ten towns and cities where CMH care and health offices are located.

 

Coming Together for Kaitlin

Coming Together for Kaitlin – 14 blankets given - https://www.facebook.com/KaitlinsJourney/ and http://www.cometogetherforkaitlin.com/

Kaitlin Marie Bowman came into this world so beautiful and was a blessing to her parents from the start. She advanced in almost every aspect up until about age 2. July 15, 2008 Kaitlin had her first seizure. In December of 2008, diagnosis of myoclonic epilepsy was announced. From that point, she underwent testing to find the cause of her epilepsy. Continuing to decline, miraculous patience from her family was ignited to see what would happen next.  April 24, 2009 her and her family and supporters’ lives changed drastically. Kaitlin was diagnosed with LINCL, a form of Battens Disease. Late Infantile NCL is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease associated with cognitive impairment, vision loss, seizures and poor motor function. Kaitlin received a blanket from Twill and is remarkably one of only thirty-two children in the United States with LINCL.

 

Double H Ranch - 100 blankets givenhttp://www.doublehranch.org/
The mission of the Double H Ranch is to provide specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Their purpose is to enrich their lives and provide camp experiences that are memorable, exciting, fun, empowering, physically safe, and medically sounds. All programs are free of charge and capture the magic of the Adirondacks in the upstate part of New York.

Family Friends Future INC.

Family Friends Future – 15 blankets given - http://www.familyfriendsfuture.org/ - #GladiatorsWearPurple

Family Friends Future, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness, education, and resources to Alzheimer’s and related dementia diseases. Helping both the patients and their caregivers, and the raising of funds to support other exempt organizations in the research and eradication of the disease. Family Friends Future, FFF, grew from a desire to honor and remember the founder’s grandmother who was lost to Alzheimer’s Disease as well as to help other families currently dealing with its devastating effects. Their family has muddled through taking care of their grandmother with all the worry, exhaustion, and second-guessing. FFF’s goal is to take what they have learned and assist other families as they go through the same journey. Family Friends Future strives to help both the patients and their caregivers.

 

Family Resource Network - 17 blankets given  14 beanies given - http://www.familyrn.org/
The Family Resource Network was founded by parents to enhance the lives of individuals with special needs and their families, empowering them to lead productive independent lives within the community. By education and providing services to those in need, they have been a vital part of the community from their foundation to serve a growing segment of the community based in Oneonta, NY.

Franklin Community Center

Franklin Community Center – 115 blankets givenhttp://www.franklincommunitycenter.org/

Franklin Community Center’s mission is to work collaboratively with individuals and other agencies to provide services that will improve the quality of life and foster a sense of neighborhood, community and family for all people. Franklin Community Center is a non-profit human service agency, located at 10 Franklin Street in Saratoga Springs, New York, that has been providing basic necessities and services to less fortunate individuals and families in the Saratoga area for 30 years.  Serving more than 6,000 people annually, they provide efficient and effective services to promote healthy lifestyles and positive changes, always holding on to their philosophy: “send people out the door with whatever they came in looking for.” There are no fancy desks or office equipment, or hefty admin costs; every dollar that comes in goes directly back into the operation of their programs.  It is this “what you see is what you get” approach that allows the Franklin Community Center to stand behind their original and most important mission of meeting the needs of the community.  

Homeless and Travelers Aid Society

Homeless and Travelers Aid Society - 25 blankets given - http://www.hatas.org/

HATAS was formed in 1924 with the mission to end homelessness within Albany County and the Capital Region. They meet the immediate need for shelter, food and clothing in addition to addressing the long-term need for affordable housing and employment. Over the course of 2015, HATAS assisted over 12,500 persons seeking assistance within the Capital Region. HATAS programs include 92 units of housing, mental health, 24/7 emergency shelter, rapid re-housing, backpacks for hungry students, code blue, veteran housing, and employment assistance. They employ a holistic wrap-around approach in caring for  neighbors in need and serve all persons with dignity and respect. HATAS works in concert with their partners in service to eliminate duplication and to increase the quality of services available within the Capital Region.

Hudson River Housing, Inc. - 33 blankets given http://hudsonriverhousing.org 

Through a continuum of services for the homeless to the homeowner, Hudson River Housing is dedicated to building strong, sustainable communities by developing and preserving quality affordable housing and helping families and individuals obtain and maintain housing through education, advocacy, and support services.

 

Interfaith Partnership For The Homeless - 40 blankets given http://www.interfaithpartnership.com

In recognition of the dignity and value of every human life, the mission of Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) is to address the needs of the homeless and low-income community by providing a continuum of services to encourage self-sufficiency, empowerment, and stability

Joseph's House and Shelter

Joseph’s House & Shelter - 65 blankets given 150 beanies given - http://www.josephshousetroy.org/

Joseph’s House is a Troy community based not-for-profit corporation whose purpose is to prevent and alleviate homelessness. Programs offered include emergency shelter, permanent housing, support services, hospitality, and guidance to homeless individuals, youth, and families. Joseph’s House & Shelter offers non-judgmental services where each guest’s dignity and worth are recognized and respected.  Guests are guided in getting help from community agencies and act as an advocate for the homeless to address immediate and long term needs. An opportunity is provided for people from the Troy community to volunteer in service to the homeless. Since 1982, Joseph’s House & Shelter has grown in size capacity and services for the homeless community in Troy, NY.

Make a Wish

Make-A-Wish - 12 blankets given - http://neny.wish.org/

Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 37 minutes. A wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides  and inspires to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids served. The Northeast New York chapter has granted eligible wish kids and their families wishes since 1987. The foundation serves a unique and vital role in children’s lives who are fighting life-threatening medical conditions.

Maddie's Mark

Maddie’s Mark - 106 blankets given - http://www.maddiesmark.org/

Maddie’s Mark makes in their goal to provide opportunities, create environments, and enable children and families to live a life of ‘best days ever’.  ‘Best day ever’ is a family's opportunity to see something, visit someone or go somewhere with their child that may not be possible without the foundation’s help. Maddie’s Mark is a non-profit foundation that was established in 2012 to honor Madeline Musto. Madeline was a five year old with  inoperable brainstem tumor (DIPG). From this foundation, child enrichment is encouraged via financial grants that enable improvements on public and private education, athletic, and entertainment facilities. Coming soon, Maddie’s Mark will entail a scholarship to honor Maddie’s love of learning to remarkable young women.

Mental Health Association NYS - 86 blankets given https://mhanys.org

MHANYS is a not-for-profit organization that works to end the stigma against mental illness and promote mental health wellness in New York State. MHANYS achieves this through training, education, advocacy and policy, community-based partnership programming, and by connecting individuals and families to help.

 

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society - 175 blankets givenhttp://www.mohawkhumane.org/ 
The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society envisions a community in which it is unacceptable to neglect, abuse, or abandon animals; in which homeless animals will be given refuge in an appropriate facility; and that ensures every adoptable animal finds a home. Their values of compassion, advocacy, respect, excellence, and stewardship has helped them give over 3,850 animals new homes in 2015.

Northeast Kidney Foundation

Northeast Kidney Foundation - 111 blankets given - 20 beanies given https://healthykidneys.org/

The Northeast Kidney Foundation is a voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing kidney disease and enhancing the lives of all those affected.  Formed in 1974 as a philanthropic gift of Edwin and Rhoda Sperber, the Foundation provides services to patients, family members, the general public and clinical and academic professionals throughout the Northeast. The mission of the Northeast Kidney Foundation is to improve the quality of life of those affected by kidney disease and related conditions through early identification, intervention, prevention and support services; to promote organ donation; and to empower those served to be an effective voice for better healthcare at the local, state and federal levels. Support to this foundation generates funding for patients and family services; patient, public and clinical education; local research programs; and healthcare advocacy.  

Northern Rivers  75 blankets given  http://www.northernrivers.org   

Northern Rivers Family of Services is the parent organization to Parsons Child & Family Center and Northeast Parent & Child Society. Together, we are a family of human service agencies who work together to provide Life changing care to those we serve. Our quality of care, depth of programs, combined size and passion for the mission give us the strength to make positive change in our communities. Our 1,300-strong workforce serves more than 14,000 children, adults and families throughout 36 counties, working out of 28 office locations in the communities. 

Operation Gratitude - https://www.operationgratitude.com

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Each package is filled with food, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, as well as personal letters of support. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for civilians anywhere in America to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation

Pathways

Pathways Nursing and Rehabilitation Center - 47 blankets given - http://www.pathways-rehab.com/ 

Pathways Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is located in Niskayuna, NY and not within a hospital. Their ongoing mission is to continually improve the quality of services provided with dignity, respect and genuine concern. From admission to discharge, our competent team of professionals will work together with patients and families to provide excellent and compassionate individualized care. Resident and family councils are offered from Pathways.

Prospect Center

Prospect Center - 57 blankets given - http://www.prospectcenter.com/htmlweb/homepage.html

Prospect Center’s mission is to enable and empower people, primarily those with disabilities, to lead healthy and enriched lives. Since the 1950s, Prospect Center has been a leader in improving the lives of individuals with disabilities. Prospect Center began when parents and concerned professionals recognized the need to enlighten the public about their children with disabilities and to provide quality services for them within the community. Now nearly 60 years later, because of the programs offered as well as changing attitudes, people with disabilities have become the center’s co-workers, club and church members, neighbors and friends. Each new year has brought an added awareness; each new year has brought the Prospect Center closer to providing a world of opportunity for people with special needs. In January 2013, Prospect Center became a division of the Center for Disability Services in Albany, NY. This has allowed each facility to combine and build on each other’s strengths, provide a wider range of services, and take full advantage of new opportunities to evolve and serve students, patients, residents, program participants and families, as well as the communities at large.

QUEST

Quest - Quiet Endeavors and Small Triumphs - 40 blankets givenhttp://www.schenectadyquest.org/

Quest’s mission is to provide a safe, consistent, and free location for Schenectady's most neglected and troubled children. Quest is a community-based organization that works very personally with the children and their families to provide food and an outlet from the everyday stress that accompanies poverty. A safe environment, free meals, counseling, art and recreation programs that keep kids in school, out of trouble and on track for better lives are all provided. There are more than 175 Quest kids where they help children that others turn away. Absolutely nothing at Quest costs any money, which includes programs, meals, and time spent in the Schenectady location.

Ronald McDonald House of the Capital Region

Ronald McDonald House of the Capital Region - 209 blankets given - http://www.rmhc.org/ or https://www.rmhcofalbany.org/ 

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. The charity supports its core values by focusing on the critical needs of children. The Albany Ronald McDonald House provides a haven of comfort, love, healing, and hope free of charge for critically ill children and their families. The Family Room and Family Suite offer families respite and support within the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, close to their ill child and caregivers. The Dental Care Mobile, in partnership with St. Peter’s Health Care Services, provides free, comprehensive dental care to undeserved and underinsured young students. The community-based Grant Program supports other local charitable organizations and programs that directly improve the lives of children.

Saratoga County Veteran Agency

Saratoga County, New York, Veterans’ Service Agency - 172 blankets given - http://www.saratogacountyny.gov/departments/veterans-service-agency/

The Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency assists Veterans and their families with securing earned benefits and services through quality customer service and advocacy. Within Saratoga County, there are approximately 17,000 Veterans and their families. Benefits for Veterans include disability compensation, pension, health care, education and training, and much more. In 2010, the Saratoga County Veterans Trust Fund was established to accept donations and make disbursements to Saratoga County Veterans and Veteran’s organizations in need of assistance. A few short years later in 2013, the Saratoga Peer to Peer Program provides and opportunity for local Veterans who have reintegrated to civilian life to assist fellow Veterans who may experience post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, or other re-acclimation challenges.

Schenectady City Mission http://citymission.com

City Mission of Schenectady, founded in 1906, is dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. Our ministries are seeking to comprehensively meet the needs of the poor in a manner that dignifies and strengthens the individual, the family, and the community.

Shelters of Saratoga

Shelters of Saratoga - 106 blankets given - http://sheltersofsaratoga.org/

Shelters of Saratoga’s mission is to provide individuals with safe shelter, supportive services and sustainable strategies to end homelessness in the Greater Saratoga region. In September 1991, a community forum including representatives from local agencies, elected officials, and concerned citizens was held to discuss homelessness in Saratoga Springs.  In response to this growing issue the forum led to the implementation of an emergency homeless shelter for men during frigid weather. From here Shelters of Saratoga (SOS) was formed. Through a partnership with CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services, a Youth Outreach Program was implemented in 2012.  SOS reaches out to and assists runaway, street, homeless and at-risk youth ages 13-21 by way of street outreach and youth specific drop-in centers. During the drop-in center, homeless and at-risk youth can come to the shelter at 20 Walworth Street to wash laundry, take a shower, have a hot meal and receiving assistance with housing, employment and other services.

 

Special Olympics of New York

Special Olympics, New York - 26 blankets given - http://specialolympics-ny.org/

Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics has created a model community that celebrates people’s diverse gifts. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.  The Special Olympics of NY makes it their mission to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Special Olympics New York is a private non-profit organization that is funded primarily by donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations who never charges athletes, their families, or caregivers to train or to compete.

Saint Catherine's Children Center

St. Catherine’s Center for Children - 125 blankets given - http://www.st-cath.org/

St. Catherine’s Center for Children provides a comprehensive range of human services designed to offer hope, foster growth, and improve the lives of the children and families served. St. Catherine’s Center for Children has been serving the Capital Region since 1886, offering programs and services that address the challenges children and families face.  For those who depend on St. Catherine’s, life is frequently a struggle which is why they are committed and devoted to helping families find answers to those struggles. St. Catherine’s Center for Children reaches on average 1,000 children and 500 families annually by utilizing their programs that reach issues of  homelessness, child abuse and neglect, family instability, and special education.

Saint Francis

St. Francis - 20 blankets given - http://www.rcda.org/churches/stfrancisofassisi/

St. Francis of Assisi is a welcoming and compassionate Parish, united in the Love of Christ, reaching throughout the community to serve the people of God. St. Francis’ Bishop of Albany and all the members are about helping and serving people. They are supportive of making connections in unique ways from all members of the church. St. Francis advocates protecting children, advances in education with supportive grants and scholarships, as well as conducting themed support groups to connect with all within the community.

Saint Paul's Center

St. Paul’s Center - 30 blankets given - http://stpaulscenter.com/

The concept for the St. Paul’s Center for homeless women and their children began in 2001 when St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Rensselaer merged with St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in North Greenbush. Faced with the decision of what to do with a 100 year old building in the inner city, a task force was formed to study options. After 18 months of extensive research and a visit to Commissioner John Beaudoin of the Rensselaer County Department of Social Services, the task force learned that shelter beds for homeless women and children were the most critical unmet need in the county. Under the inspired leadership of Pastor Lee Dyer, the congregation voted unanimously to donate the building to the project. The Center has become an important link in the homeless services community. Each year, between 240 and 360 mothers and children walk through their doors.

Saint Peter's Health Partners

St. Peter’s Health Partners - 40 blankets given - http://www.sphp.com/

St. Peter’s Health Partners and Trinity Health, serve together in the spirit of the gospel as a compassionate and transforming healing presence within their communities. Founded in community-based legacies of compassionate healing, they provide quality comprehensive continuum of integrated health care, supportive housing and community services, especially for the needy and vulnerable. St, Peter’s Health Partners’ core values honor reverence, commitment to those who are poor, justice, stewardship, and integrity.

Things of My Very Own

Thing of My Very Own - 112 blankets given - https://thingsofmyveryown.wildapricot.org/ 

Things of My Very Own, Inc. (TOMVO) is a non-profit organization that provides crisis intervention services to children who have been impacted by extensive abuse and/or neglect. Also provided are services to children at-risk of a Child Protective Services intervention solely due to not having items necessary for sustainability. The organization works to keep children with their non-abusive family members and out of the foster care system whenever possible. In addition to Transitional Assistance, TOMVO Programs reintroduce children to fundamental life skills needed to develop into stable, confident individuals with healthy levels of self-confidence, and self-esteem. An emphasis is placed on building and maintaining healthy relationships as well as reducing the possibility of future victimization.

Trinity Alliance

Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region - 52 blankets given - http://www.trinityalliancealbany.org/

Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region is to provide services to the community that will support and promote healthy families, adults and children.  The agency is dedicated to improving the neighborhood as a setting for family life, contributing to health and well-being, and promoting education and employment as a means of self-development. The agency will be recognized for its influential and preeminent role in providing integrated service leadership to the community.  In doing so, Trinity Alliance will strive towards responsible growth, sustainability and becoming the community voice for improving quality of life.

Togetherness, Sharing and Learning (TSL)

Together, Sharing, Living (TSL) - 12 blankets given - http://www.tsladventures.net/ 

TSL Adventures was established in 2008 by College of Saint Rose alumni’s and full time elementary school teachers who envisioned a program that could fill the summer gap and provide a unique recreational environment that also contributed to a child’s cognitive and social-emotional development. Their primary mission was to bring a team of educators together in order to host a professional, yet fun and exciting summer program rooted in the philosophies of cooperation and interactive play. The partners soon learned after obtaining a contractual agreement with a local, private school that this mission translated  into the before and after school setting as well. Redefining childcare year round soon became the group’s mission.

 

Upstate Cerebral Palsy - 30 blankets givenhttps://www.upstatecp.org/
The idea for the organization began in 1949 in Utica, NY by parents and grandparents wanting to help children with Cerebral Palsy. Today, there are over 2,000 employees in over 80 locations where their dedication to empowering people through exceptional opportunities. Upstate Cerebral Palsy first focused on its initial purpose of providing support to people with differing abilities. They have grown from a small clinic for children into a comprehensive system of programs and services focused on meeting a variety of needs for people of all ages.

Unity House

Unity House - 210 blankets given - http://www.unityhouseny.org/

The Unity House is a Rensselaer County-based human service agency that provides a wide range of services to meet the otherwise unmet needs of people in their community who are hurting and struggling.  They assist those who are living in poverty, adults living with mental illness, or HIV/AIDS, victims of domestic violence, and children with developmental delays.  The Unity House works to achieve social justice in the community and to create a better understanding of those served as well as educate, collaborate with others and advocate to influence public policy and to create awareness of the people that have been served and the issues they face.

USCRI - http://refugees.org

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is a non-profit organization that resettles refugees from all over the world in welcoming communities across the country. Our Albany field office has been resettling over 400 refugees every year in the Capital Region since 2005. One of our goals is to meet the basic needs of arriving refugees, which includes finding appropriate housing and furnishing the housing with all necessities- including blankets! Blanket donations made to USCRI will immediately be put into homes of newly arriving refugees- many coming from Burma, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria.

Vanderheyden 150 blankets givenhttp://vanderheyden.org

At Vanderheyden, our caring and professional staff works hard to provide individuals with the skills necessary to enhance self-esteem and self-confidence, and to engage in experiences that lead to personal growth and to live healthy and productive lives. Our vision is to continue the work of providing life-changing care to the youth, individuals and families we serve for another 180 years

YWCA-Northeastern, NY

YWCA, Eliminating Racism Empowering Women -  105 blankets given - http://www.ywca.org/site/c.cuIRJ7NTKrLaG/b.9360173/k.1089/YWCAEliminating_Racism_Empowering_Women.htm

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. YWCA in the United States serves 2.3 million people annually focusing their mission on racial justice and civil rights, empowerment and economic advancement of women and girls, and health and safety of women and girls. YWCA Orange County, NY and twenty other YWCAs based in NY gathered together for the Women’s Equality Act Rally and Lobby in Albany, NY in June 2015. Weeks after the event, The New York State Senate passed nine out of the ten points of Governor Cuomo’s Ten Point Women’s Equality Act.

Rhode Island  

Rhode Island Kids Count - 33 blankets given http://www.rikidscount.org/Home.aspx

Founded in 1994, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is an outgrowth and expansion of the Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Project, initiated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Rhode Island Foundation.  The mission of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is to improve the health, safety, education, economic well-being, and development of Rhode Island's children.


International

The Hope for Hunger

The Hope for Hunger, Inc. - 30 blankets given - http://www.thehopeforhunger.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/groups/168582419970953/

Hope for Hunger, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit Christian organization that aspires to end physical and spiritual hunger by bringing hope and help to families and communities locally and globally by changing one Haitian life at a time. Hope for Hunger, Inc. strives to provide relief to the poor, distressed or underprivileged people by distributing food and other necessities to those in need, providing financial assistance to food pantries, developing sustainable farming practices and providing disaster relief. They work primarily with those residing in the country of Haiti and Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, counties and the immediate surrounding areas in New York by supplying physical needs of food, medicine, clothing, shelter, and spiritual protection, developing sustainable farming practices, chicken/egg/goat milk distribution, disaster relief efforts, and orphan care.

Ronald McDonald House New Zealand

Ronald McDonald House NZ - 20 blankets given

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. The charity supports its core values by focusing on the critical needs of children. The Albany Ronald McDonald House provides a haven of comfort, love, healing, and hope free of charge for critically ill children and their families. The Family Room and Family Suites offer families respite and support and are close to their ill child and caregivers. The Dental Care Mobile, provides free, comprehensive dental care to the under insured. The community-based Grant Program supports other local charitable organizations and programs that directly improve the lives of children.

Upright Africa

Upright Africa - 30 blankets given - http://www.uprightafrica.org/

Upright Africa establishes social and economic sustainability through access to medical and healthcare supplies and empowering the Congolese people to make better health choices. Their focus is on six main locations in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Upright Africa is working to strengthen and rebuild the infrastructure in the following areas: Hospitals, Education, Orphanages and Agriculture. The program milestones to date have resulted in consistent and effective medical care, commitment to care and basic needs, and their commitment and growth to fundraise and raise awareness of Upright Africa.