Fleece & Thank You Make a Blanket Week

Make a Blanket Week Challenges Volunteers to Create 1,000 Blankets for Children Hospitalized Across the State

Teams gathered on the Stoney Creek High School sports fields to assemble blankets for the fundraiser in 2019 – Photo by Michael Dwyer

Fleece & Thank You (F&TY), Michigan’s largest provider of comfort care to hospitalized children – is hosting a Make A Blanket Week: Greater Rochester Area Saturday, October 17 through Saturday, October 24, 2020.

This is Chief Financial’s second year presenting the Make a Blanket event, which aims to make 1,000 fleece-tie blankets with video messages of support to comfort children facing extended stays in hospitals across Michigan. Community members and groups from Rochester-Rochester Hills and surrounding areas are invited to participate.

“One of our core values at Chief Financial is community involvement,” said Tom Dluzen, president and CEO, Chief Financial Credit Union. “We are fortunate to have so many community-minded members and area residents who are excited to take time out of their busy schedules to participate in our Make A Blanket Week. This is just one more way that Chief is inspiring creative philanthropy.”

Registration is required to participate in Make A Blanket Week: Greater Rochester Area. The event is open to the public and registration is free. Once registered, participants can pick up a blanket kit between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. October 17, at Chief Financial Credit Union located at 200 Diversion St. in Rochester Hills. Participants also will have an opportunity to fund-raise for the cause.

Then, all week long, participants will make blankets from the safety of their own home. During this time they are encouraged to come together virtually on the Make A Blanket Week Facebook event page where they get updates, watch sponsor interviews and enter giveaways and contests. After completing the blankets and uploading a personalized video through F&TY’s proprietary video platform, blanket makers can drop off blankets at Chief Financial on Saturday, October 24.

Those unable to attend the event, but wish to help, can make a donation online. Every $25 donated goes toward the making of one blanket. Blanket Making Kits also will be available online for participants who cannot make it to Chief Financial to pick up a blanket.

Make a Blanket Week Challenges Volunteers to Create 1,000 Blankets for Children Hospitalized Across the State

“We are grateful to Chief Financial for helping us meet our goal of providing blankets to the 30,000 children who every year face extended hospital treatments,” said Nicholas Kristock, co-founder and CEO, Fleece & Thank You. “With the Make A Blanket Week event, we can give these kids and their families a reason to smile and have hope when they see something bright and colorful waiting for them on the bed.”

Fleece​​ & Thank ​​You​​ works with local groups to make blankets and video messages, and then delivers the blankets to hospitals. Its goal is a simple one: every child in every hospital bed receiving much needed hope in the form of a colorful, fleece blanket and a friendly face at the start of their treatment.

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