ABOUT THE PROJECT
Our mission is simple: We use donated T-shirts to create blankets for those in need. The blankets are donated to hospitals and other organizations in order to provide comfort for children and adults suffering from illness.
How does it work?
Donated T-shirts are sent to Deaf Initiatives, an organization that hires Deaf individuals to create quilts and blankets. In this way, the Love Blanket Project helps to support employment opportunities for members of the Deaf community. Economic empowerment is central to our mission: So far, the Love Blanket Project has provided over $10,000 in fair wages to Deaf workers.
Once created, the blankets are then donated to hospitals and organizations such as the University of Maryland Medical Center and the Children's National Health System.
The Love Blanket Project was founded by Robin Chiddo in 2015. Seeking to use her background in fundraising at the University of Maryland to make a positive impact in her community, Robin hopes to provide comfort for children and cancer patients in need of love and kindness during a difficult time. As she has lost an aunt, a cousin, a sister, a brother, and her mother to cancer, this project is close to her heart.
Robin's mother, Madeleine, often had a quilt in her hand -- as well as numerous quilts around the house in various states of completion. She was the family's matriarch, taking on the role of caretaker (and blanket provider) to five children and many grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews. The blankets and quilts made by Madeleine were cherished by her family and friends.
When Robin came across the Deaf Initiative's Keepsake Theme Quilts company and had a quilt made for her sister, she knew that she had found a way to keep the blanket-giving tradition alive. The Deaf Initiative's mission and community inspired her, and The Love Blanket Project was born.
We are thankful for the generous support of the following organizations.