Tricia Stout Green, the owner of East Texas Refrigeration, and Maj. Ben Lawrence, commanding officer of The Salvation Army, announced The Salvation Army Center of Hope Lobby has more than 400 new blankets collected by the Tyler community for the Gift of Warmth project.
Since the ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday, the number of new blankets collected by East Texas Refrigeration (ETR) and the Tyler community reached 468, with some online donations still being processed.
ETR began the Gift of Warmth project last fall by partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Smith County to provide a central heating and air conditioning system to a family in need and decided to partner with The Salvation Army to continue to spread the gift of warmth even further throughout the Tyler community.
This year, ETR asked the Tyler community to come together and help them collect 200 new blankets for The Salvation Army by Dec. 18. To conclude the project, ETR also donated and installed a new central heating and air conditioning system in Habitat for Humanity of Smith County’s 100th Home.
With the help of the Tyler community, ETR and The Salvation Army were able to double their initial goal by collecting 468 new blankets for those in need of the gift of warmth this winter season.
ETR owner Todd Green thanked everyone who donated a new blanket to the project.
“We are thrilled that we were able to once again double our initial blanket goal and provided warmth to more families in time for Christmas,” Green said. “We are very fortunate to live in such a caring community and would like to thank everyone who contributed to the project. Next year we hope to collect even more.”
The Salvation Army Social Services office services about 120 families a week and each family can receive as many as three blankets depending on the family make-up and blanket availability.
“With temperatures forecast to drop, dozens of blankets will be given every day to help ensure that families are staying warm,” Lawrence said. “We are so grateful to East Texas Refrigeration and the local community for the generosity that was shown during this blanket drive.
“These blankets are sure to be a source of comfort for the recipients for what could be many years to come. From November to February, there is the possibility of issuing more than 2,000 blankets, so the community’s blanket donations are necessary in order to meet such a large need.”
Donations may still be made throughout the year. 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. Monday through Friday or The Salvation Army at 633 N. Broadway Ave., Building Three in Tyler, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Area donors may also visitwww.etrtyler.com and click on the Giving the Gift of Warmth icon to make an online donation. Every $15 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 about the Gift of Warmth project, please contact East Texas Refrigeration at 903-871-1450 or visitwww.ETRtyler.com .