Kathy Fehder of Blanket Louisville said earlier this week that the organization is still collecting blankets for the homeless and needy. Last month more than 4,000 blankets were distributed to area agencies serving the poor, and this month, Fehder said, about 2,000 more blankets have also been collected.
Students at St. Xavier High School were inadvertantly left of a list of those students who helped the blanket collection last month. And this month students at Mercy Academy helped add to the total number of blankets collected, as did residents and staff at Nazareth Home and the staff at Jewish-Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital. Students at St. Rita School and parish, as well as students from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church also contributed to this year’s effort.
Close to 6,000 blankets have been collected so far, Fehder said, and the numbers are likely to grow in January, once colder weather arrives.
Catholic schools were responsible for collecting more than 3,000 blankets this year. The project, begun by Steve and Kathy Fehder nearly nine years ago, distributes the collected blankets to more than 20 area homeless shelters and charitable agencies, including such places as Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army, House of Ruth, Home of the Innocents, YMCA Safe Place, the Healing Place, Lost Sheep and others.