Baton Rouge shelters in need of blankets for the winter

Baton Rouge shelters in need of blankets for the winter

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Shelters in Baton Rouge are in need of blankets for the coming winter. The LSU School of Social Work is requesting the public's help addressing this need.

There are more than ten shelters that serve the Baton Rouge area, and when temperatures begin to drop, shelters see an increased number of people coming in to spend the night.

"With winter around the corner, it's imperative that people in our community donate much needed items to support homeless citizens," said Dr. Wesley Church, director of the LSU School of Social Work.

In 2015, the School of Social Work donated 50 blankets to the Youth Oasis Children's House in Baton Rouge.

"The kids absolutely loved them. They loved the fact that the blankets were not used. They were brand new and specifically for them. They loved that they could keep them forever and not have to return them when they leave. With the extras, when kids would ring the doorbell seeking food, the kids at the shelter would go and grab a blanket and hand on out to the street youth. They truly felt they were making a difference by being able to help another kid," said Sandy Morgan, administrative assistant.

This year's blanket collection will run through December 9. If you'd like to donate, simply purchase a twin sized blanket and ship it to the School of Social Work (Attn: Dr. Wesley Church, 305 Huey P. Long Field House, Baton Rouge, LA 70803) or drop off the blanket at a labeled receptacle in the Dean's Office of Peabody Hall (Room 221) or the at 311 Huey P. Long Field House.

Blankets donated will be distributed to area shelters. For more information, click here.

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