Olivet Boys & Girls Club, Blankets of Hope, and Fecera’s are pleased to announce a partnership to provide beds to youth in need through a cooperative effort. The goal of this partnership is to provide beds to those youth in need throughout Reading and Berks County.
Fecera’s will store and deliver all bedding sets to youth and families in need free of charge. Blankets of Hope and Olivet Boys & Girls Club will aim to identify those youth and families in need along with other community partners to provide youth with a twin mattress, box spring, sheet sets, pillow cases, and two warm blankets.
All youth and families in need are encouraged to reach out to Olivet Boys & Girls Club at 610-373-1314, or via email at [email protected] for more information or to be registered to receive bedding sets. Olivet, Fecera’s, and Blankets of Hope will work together with the families in need to set up delivery dates of the items free of charge to those who need it most. All decisions of those who receive a bedding set will be determined by the partnering agencies.
“This partnership with Fecera’s and Blankets of Hope is part of Olivet Boys and Girls Club holistic approach to the serving the children of Reading and Berks County. A child should be able to feel the warmth and comfort of a bed. The feel and the security of a soft blanket. This relationship will allow Olivet to address the immediate needs of the youth of our community and we are grateful for this partnership,” said Chris Winters, President and CEO of Olivet Boys & Girls Club.
“Having worked with Marc and Blankets of Hope since August of 2019 we had no idea of the impact we could make and after seeing the need for beds we look forward to collaborating with the Olivet Boys and Girls Club on making the impact on the community even greater. Adding the Olivet will only make the program stronger. We look forward to the new partnership and working with both outstanding organizations” said Chris Fecera of Fecera’s Furniture.
“When you can have local businesses and non-profits such as ours working together for a common goal in helping children have a better quality of life by supplying a brand new bed, it makes our collaboration even more powerful and meaningful, knowing that we can each take our strengths to make for a better community” said Marc Goldstein, Founder of Blankets of Hope.
About Olivet Boys & Girls Club
Olivet Boys & Girls Club provides a safe environment for youth ages 6-18 to attend virtual learning support and after school programming that encourages character development, education, life skills, healthy living, and exposure to arts and culture. These programs, along with guidance from our staff, allow youth to find their way out of poverty to become productive, outstanding members of society.
Olivet Boys & Girls Club has a strong reputation for providing life-changing experiences to its members, including mentoring experiences with diverse, trained, and caring staff and volunteers who want to make a difference in the life of a child.
This partnership will allow Olivet to continue our community care closets across our sites for youth in need. Olivet will now be providing bedding sets along with hygiene items, clothing, shoes, school supplies, and non-perishable food items to those in need in our community. For more information about Olivet Boys & Girls Club visit: www.olivetbgc.org
About Blankets of Hope
Blankets of Hope, Inc. (BOH) was founded by Marc Goldstein in December of 2011 upon reading an article in the local newspaper citing the level of poverty in the City of Reading, and also an uplifting piece on a Secret Santa gifting money to those less fortunate. The third puzzle piece came when one of Goldstein’s customers bought a blanket as an employee holiday gift. The three triggers were food for thought: how could Goldstein, as a small business owner at that time, help the community?
With the blanket program, dating back to December of 2011, Blankets of Hope has donated 52,000+ brand new fleece blankets to well over 100 organizations mainly in Berks County and some beyond. And the number continues to grow by the day. But your help is needed to continue the mission.