Gift of Warmth blanket drive ends Wednesday

Published on Monday, 16 December 2013 23:14 - Written by Staff Reports

The annual Gift of Warmth blanket drive, organized by East Texas Refrigeration and The Salvation Army, will end Wednesday.

“As we move into the winter season, temperatures are dropping and many are bringing out their winter jackets and blankets. Unfortunately, there are families who do not have such items and still others who need a place to go to stay warm,” according to a news release.

East Texas Refrigeration teamed up with The Salvation Army for the second annual Gift of Warmth project and has asked the Tyler community to help collect 200 new blankets for those in need by Dec. 18.

Twenty new blankets were collected and $780 in online donations was raised, which will purchase an additional 52 new blankets for the cause, making for a grand total of 72 new blankets.

East Texas Refrigeration is asking the Tyler community to continue to make donations in hopes of reaching a goal of 200 new blankets.

“Thank you to everyone who has dropped off a new blanket or donated online. We’re hoping to help provide warmth to as many people as possible in time for Christmas,” Todd Green, owner of East Texas Refrigeration, said.

New blankets can be dropped off at East Texas Refrigeration on 4700 Old Troup Highway in Tyler from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or The Salvation Army at 633 N. Broadway Ave., Building Three in Tyler from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Area donors also may visitwww.etrtyler.com and click on the “Giving the Gift of Warmth” icon to make an online donation. Every $15 dollars donated will purchase one new blanket for a community member in need. Make sure to write “ETR Gift of Warmth Tyler” in the “Specific Use” section of the donation page.

For more information, please call East Texas Refrigeration at 903-871-1450 or visitwww.ETRtyler.com .