For Mother's Day and all of May, our Christian Women's Fellowship actively participated in the Church World Service Blanket Program.
For many years, Marple Christian Church has been helping to keep our neighbors warm by providing blankets to families here in the United States and around the world. In 2017, CWS distributed thousands of blankets around the world, reaching families fleeing their homes, recovering from disaster and more. This year we will reach more as we blanket the world with love.
To participate, members donated funds in honor of and in memory of mothers or other special women in their lives.
This Year's Honor Roll
|Blankets Given in Honor of||Blankets Given in Memory of|
|Christine H (Daughter)||Mildred Ross M (Mother)|
|Laura P (Daughter)||Mary Jo Curry T (Mother-in-Law)|
|Vivian L (Daughter-in-Law)||Michael P (Grandson)|
|Carrie P (Daughter-in-Law)||Golda S (Grandmother)|
|Yvonne G (Stepmother)||Thelma J (Grandmother)|
|Kizzie V (Aunt)||Lillian B (Mother)|
|Janet M (Mother)||Golda S (Mother)|
|Patricia J (Mother)||Thelma J (Mother-in-Law)|
|Marion J (Sister in Christ)||Ellie T (Mother)|
|Kim C (Friend)||Rose J (Mother-in-Law)|
|Stefanie T (Friend)||Nonnie S (Mother)|
|Marion J (Mother)||Mary S (Grandmother)|
|Rebecca J (Daughter)||Clara M (Aunt)|
|Tonya J (Daughter-in-Law)||Lorene P (Mother)|
|Joy T (Wife)||Betty W (Mother-in-Law)|
|Anna T (Daughter-in-Law)||Mae C (Mother-in-Law)|
|Stephanie T (Daughter-in-Law)||Rose D (Mother)|
|Shelly S (Sister-in-Law)||Pearl D (Grandmother)|
|Jessica W (Friend)||Charlotte A (Grandmother)|
|Angie B (Friend)|
|Mary Alice K (Cousin)|
|Kory B (Friend)|
|Deborah R (Sister)|
|Menita D (Sister)|
|Joyce D (Wife)|
What difference can a blanket make?
A blanket can provide warmth to a victim of a flood or fire or serve as bedding to a guest in a homeless shelter or be a gift of welcome to a newly arrived refugee or migrant worker.
And last year blankets made a difference in the lives of families living in Colorado's rugged and rural San Luis Valley.
In a remote area of the San Juan Mountains called “the flats,” many homes don’t have running water or electricity. During the winter, when temperatures drop to life-threatening lows, many of these families heat their homes using only firewood. Often their firewood runs out before the winter ends.
That’s where our help comes in. Because of our support of the CWS Blankets Program, Church World Service provides blankets to many organizations and nonprofits, including La Puente, a mission that provides services to the families living in “the flats.”
At the beginning of last winter, Robert Lockwood, one of the case managers for the Rural Outreach Initiative, delivered the blankets to these families. The warm, wool CWS Blankets were a welcomed gift.
Robert, the caseworker who delivered the blankets said, “...we are grateful for the support of Church World Service as we could not do what we do without your continued generosity and belief in our mission. Thank you...”