For the 11th consecutive year, Sleep Experts will host its annual Share the Warmth drive, collecting new and gently used blankets, sheets, comforters, towels and pillows. Sleep Experts will continue its partnership with Girl Scouts for the fourth year in a row, receiving a helping hand from thousands of Girl Scouts representing the Northeast Texas (Dallas), Texas Oklahoma Plains (Fort Worth) and Central Texas (Austin) councils. The community also is invited to participate by collecting and dropping off the items at any of the 59 Sleep Experts stores in Dallas and Austin. This year’s drive will benefit CitySquare in Dallas and SafePlace in Austin. The drive will be held from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30.
With the help of the Girl Scouts and our local communities, we have collected over 20,000 items in the drive’s first ten years, and we hope to bring warmth to more families this year and have our most successful Share the Warmth drive yet. The local Girl Scouts participate by collecting blankets and other comfort items in their own communities, learning about the importance of helping others. At the end of the drive, each Girl Scout will earn a special Share the Warmth community service patch.
The items collected in Dallas during the drive will be delivered in early December to CitySquare to help keep local citizens warm this winter season. CitySquare, a Dallas-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, aims to fight the root causes of poverty through service, advocacy and friendship. The organization offers programs throughout Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Waco and Austin.
In Austin, the items collected during the drive will be delivered to SafePlace to help keep local citizens warm this winter season. SafePlace, an Austin-based organization that safeguards victims of sexual and domestic violence, provides safety, healing, prevention and social change programs to the local community.
So how can you help? Clean out your closet and donate a blanket today. It's a simple way to help a family in need.