We all have a cupboard in our house that is full of old blankets and throws that we never even reach for anymore, so why not donate them to the Manchester Blanket Appeal? Those blankets could be used this winter in Manchester and truly alter a homeless person’s Christmas for the better.
The Manchester Blanket Appeal was set up by Frankie Fox, 21, from Manchester, earlier this month, and has already received a huge response.
The appeal aims to reach out to areas across Manchester including Sale, Poynton and the city centre itself, asking people to donate any blankets or warm throws to Manchester’s homeless in order to help them keep warm this winter.
Frankie said the inspiration for starting the campaign was on a normal, freezing-cold morning, she was walking through Manchester’s town centre when she noticed a homeless gentlemen covering his legs with his coat with only a thin jumper on his back.
She said: “Despite his lack of warm clothing, and the fact it was a freezing cold morning, he smiled at me and told me to have a nice day.
“Such a small act really made my day and as I sat on my coach, I formulated what has become the Manchester blanket appeal.”
— Blanket Appeal (@mancblankets) November 17, 2017
The goal behind the project is to make sure everyone on the streets has something to keep them warm this Christmas, but most importantly, provide them with an act of kindness that makes them smile, just like the gentlemen did for Frankie.
Frankie said: “The appeal began as a Facebook status with 20 likes and was only going to be a small scale appeal. However, after chatting with the lovely people I work with and the landlords Steve and Zanete, we decided together we could make this big.”
The drop-off location for Manchester is THE BROOKLANDS TAP, SALE, HOPE ROAD, M33 3YA as well as the new drop-off location in Poynton, THE ACOUSTIC LOUNGE, POYNTON, PARK LANE, SK12 1RE.
Donations can be made from 17th November – 22nd December.
Any donations made would be greatly appreciated; blankets, duvets, sleeping bags, hats, coats, jumpers and anything else to help keep the homeless warm.
Frankie has made a Facebook page for the appeal which you can visit here.
Frankie told QuaysNews: “The support so far has been incredible and it’s so wonderful to see my project growing. My lovely friends Katie Rogers and Francesca Peck have also joined me to help with spreading the news and Katie especially helped me to extend the project to Poynton.”
If you have any questions, you can contact Frankie at email@example.com