Project Warm-Up was started in 2006 by Kaitlin and Tracy Vik as a service project for the Key Club at Lincoln High School. That first year, 100 blankets were made in one afternoon. Each year, more schools, groups, and teams have gotten together to make blankets and the project has grown substantiall... Read More
Project Warm-Up was started in 2006 by Kaitlin and Tracy Vik as a service project for the Key Club at Lincoln High School. That first year, 100 blankets were made in one afternoon. Each year, more schools, groups, and teams have gotten together to make blankets and the project has grown substantially!
Over the past 12 years, Project Warm-Up has distributed over 20,000 blankets to children and families in need. Many children face poverty, homelessness (during the last school year, the SFSD identified over 900 students as homeless), death of a parent, placement in foster care and/or serious illness and some are new to our country (and South Dakota winters). We know a simple blanket can't fix their situation, but hopefully it will provide them some warmth and comfort while dealing with what life is currently offering them.
Each December, the school social worker from every school in the Sioux Falls School District requests blankets for the children in need in their school. As blankets are being made, they are boxed up and prepared to be delivered to schools the Monday after the event. School social workers, counselors and administration deliver the blankets to children just prior to the holiday season. Schools also keep some blankets on hand throughout the year to distribute when needed.
Project Warm-Up has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to provide a new blanket to each family member when they receive the keys to their new home. Each year the Teddy Bear Den, Heartland House, St. Francis House, and other local shelters receive blankets to share. Project Warm-Up has answered the call when tornados struck the communities of Marshalltown, IA, Delmont and Wessington Springs and when a flood devastated the town of Canton.
We are partnered with Rachel Schuldt to provide blankets for her Delivering Hope-Chemo Care Bags that she distributes to adults and children undergoing chemotherapy. We have also partnered with Hugs 4 Haddley and Amy Jo Lems to deliver blankets to children in local hospitals.
Project Warm-Up exists solely upon the generosity of others. People donate funds, fleece and/or time. We have gotten pretty savvy in our fleece shopping and can make a child-sized blanket for $12. A donation of $100 would enable us to wrap eight children in the warmth and comfort of a new blanket. Imagine what a larger donation could do! Our goal is to make at least 3,000 blankets this year! The need is great, but we are ready to meet the challenge! Your donation is tax deductible.
Consider joining over 500 volunteers for the biggest blanket-making party on Saturday, December 8 from 11:00am-3:00pm at Sonia Sotomayor Elementary! Come when you want, stay as long as you want!
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