Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Plans Change!

Well, some things didn't work out quite as well as I had hoped to get blankets to Alabama this weekend, but I'm hoping we will be able to get some there in the near future.  So, if you didn't get your blankets finished up you can still send them!  Check out the Resources page for where you can send your blankets or other donations.  Hopefully I'll have a new date soon!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Where to Send Your Blanket!

I have finally worked out the details for a donation center for any blankets/water/donations you would like to mail or drop off!  Yay!  The Church at College Station (a.k.a. my church) is going to be that place!

So, if you are having to ship your blankets, send them to:

Jennifer Clark
c/o The Church at College Station
1225 College Station Rd.
Athens, GA 30605

If you are local and want to drop donations off, we're the only church on College Station Rd.  However if you're a landmark person, we're near Polo Club (in fact their sign is right in front of the church) and La Fiesta.

As always, if you have questions about this or anything else, email me at

Monday, May 2, 2011

Tentative Date!

Hi all!  Good news!  I have someone that may be able to take some blankets to Alabama!  Still working out the details, but I wanted to give everyone a general idea of when we will need blankets by.  For this trip, I will need to receive the blankets by May 17, 2011.

However, if you can't make this deadline, don't worry!  I am hoping to personally go to Alabama in early June and want to take blankets with me.  I would just love to be able to send some down ahead of that trip if possible!

If you are not in the Athens, Ga area, I realize you  may need to ship your blanket, email me for those details (see email address below).  I will be in the Charlotte, NC area this weekend and hopefully back the weekend of the 20th.  The weekend of the 20th will obviously be after the May 17th deadline, but any donations that weekend will go towards the June trip!

If you have any questions, email me at

Thank-you so much and God bless!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Some Beginning Thoughts...

If you are here, reading this blog and considering helping let me first say THANK YOU!  There is no way this could happen without you and friends who have been supporting me in so many ways.  This whole project was a huge leap of faith for me.  I was sure that when I started sharing the idea people would tell me it was foolish, that there were more important things that needed to be tended to first - food, water, shelter.  Obviously the physical needs of these people need to be met, which is why we will also be accepting donations of water (working out details for a donation drop off). But along with the physical need is an emotional need.  I realize a blanket will not solve the emotional anguish these people are going through, but I do hope it can be a small first step on the road to recovery.

This whole project has put me completely outside of my comfort zone (which is good) and from the start I have been praying Ephesians 3:20, "Now glory be to God!  By His mighty power at work within us, He is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope." (NLT)  I would love to see this project take off and become bigger than the small dreams I have for it now.

As much as I would love for you to donate blankets, water and even help financially, I covet your prayers even more!  Like I've said, this is something very new to me.  I've never really organized anything, so this is a huge undertaking!  Right now the biggest thing that needs prayer is making contacts in the affected areas.  While I could just blindly drive to Alabama (or whichever area) and hope to find a place to distribute the blankets, I would much rather have a specific destination!  I have people helping me with this, so I'm hoping we will begin making progress soon.

Thanks so much for reading and make sure to keep checking back, hopefully we'll be able to update details very soon!


Saturday, April 30, 2011

Please Bear With Us

Hi all,
   In case you're viewing this blog already, we are currently messing with the blog layout/banner, so please bear with any constant changes and/or alignment issues! When this post is deleted, then the layout/banner is the way it should be. Thanks for your patience!


P.S. From Jenn - We're also going through and editing the posts (grammar, silly spelling mistakes, etc).  So, don't be too harsh :)  Thanks!



One of the first things to touch us when we are born is a blanket.  As children, we often find solace in our security blankets.  On family movie nights we often snuggle together under a big, warm blanket.  There is something about a blanket that helps many people find peace, security and even hope.

What is "Wrapped With Hope"?  Basically it is my response to the devastating tornadoes that swept our nation April 27, 2011.  Looking at the pictures, I was overwhelmed by a sense of sadness and absolute helplessness.  Yes, in the recent past there have been many, many natural disasters.  But for some reason, while I was praying for the people of this most recent one, I felt like God was leading me to "Make blankets."  I don't have much to offer, and there isn't much I can do very well.  But recently I have discovered a love of sewing and I feel like it is a small way I can help.  My prayer is that others will join with me in making blankets for people who probably have very little hope in their lives right now.

The idea behind the name, "Wrapped with Hope" is very simple.  I dream of  people wrapping these blankets around them and having a renewed sense of hope.  That while they are currently facing seemingly unsurmountable challenges, they will make it through, they will be able to go on.  The blanket is also like a virtual hug from it's creator, showing them love, support and compassion; cheering them on as they begin the restoration process.

I know there is a significant need for shelter, food, water, and clothing.  I'm not blind to that.  But I felt the strong need to let these people know that there are people who care for them.  People who cry with them and want to help them.  My hope is to spread that by collecting handmade blankets and distributing them to people who have lost everything.  I have many hopes for these blankets, which may seems strange, but I do.  So, here they are...

My Hopes:
*The blankets can bring at least a moment of peace and security.  That people can wrap themselves up in a beautiful, clean, handmade blanket and know people care for them.
*That the people who receive the blankets will have a sense of ownership and an anchor to help them through the long, difficult process of rebuilding their lives.
*One of the most heart breaking things I read was a woman explaining how she had lost all of her family heirlooms.  I have recently received my great-great grandmother's china, and I can't imagine the blow it would be to lose such an important part of my family's history.  I hope these blankets may one day be passed down and be a small start to rebuilding a family history.

Is that a lot to expect out of a blanket?  Possibly.  But I don't believe it is too much, or I wouldn't be doing it.

As things progress, there will be more specific information regarding the blankets - dimensions, tutorials, what we will accept, deadlines, and other ways to help.  Please bear with me as I am still working out details (including how to get the blankets to their final location) and have never taken on a project like this, so there is a pretty steep learning curve!

Thank-you so much for reading this and considering helping me.  If you have any ideas or information to share, please feel free to email me at .  Comments are welcome, just keep them nice please!


P.S. - You do not have to know how to sew to participate.  I will be linking up blanket tutorials that are "no-sews".  So please do not let that be a deterrent!