Blanket Drive

2,054

Blankets Donated of 2,022 goal!


Hospitals are cold. Deployments are long.

A blanket may seem like a simple gift— but think how much warmth and comfort your favorite blanket provides for you when you are cold or lonely.

Let’s share that cozy feeling with veterans and deployed service members!

Soldiers’ Angels Blanket Drive is collecting NEW blankets of any kind (store bought, handmade, no-sew, etc.) from July 1 – August 31, 2022. Blankets will be distributed to veterans in VA Hospitals and shipped to deployed service members. Twin size blankets are preferred.

How to Participate

Anyone can participate in the blanket drive! It’s an easy, fun, and rewarding way to give back to veterans of all generations.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Purchase blankets from our Amazon Wish List
  • Purchase blankets from a local store and ship them to our office (address below)
  • Make a blanket (sew, no-sew, quilt, knit, crochet) and ship it to our office
  • Host a blanket-making event with your company, group, or organization

*Soldiers’ Angels accepts blanket donations any time through the year, but in order to count towards our Annual Blanket Drive goal, we must receive your blankets between July 1 and August 31, 2022.

Add a Note of Gratitude!

It’s not required, but feel free to include a ‘thank you card attached to the blanket. If you choose to send a note of thanks, it’s best if it’s a postcard or other card not in an envelope, so that our staff can review the card.

We will do our best to keep the cards with the blankets once we receive them, however, if your cards are separate from the blanket or in an envelope, there’s a higher chance they will get separated during our receiving process as we will have to open and read each card.


Collection Dates

Soldiers’ Angels accepts blankets at any time in the year, but in order to count towards our Annual Blanket Drive goal, we must receive blankets between:

July 1 – August 31, 2022

Goal

Blankets are always needed at Soldiers’ Angels! This collection helps us fill blanket needs across the country. Will you help us reach or exceed this year’s collection goal of:

2,022 Blankets

IMPACT

What does a blanket mean to an injured veteran? Watch to hear Michael Lammey’s Story about the impact of a blanket.

HOW-TO

Want to create a blanket? No-Sew blankets are easy and fun to create. Not to mention, troops and veterans love no-sew blankets!

Where to Buy Blankets

Need some help deciding which blanket to buy? We’ve created an Amazon Wish List for the Blanket Drive!

You can use this list as a reference for which type of blankets or you can order directly from Amazon and have the blankets shipped to our headquarters office in San Antonio, Texas.

Not an Amazon user? No worries, you can find similar blankets just about anywhere in stores or online. Just find the blanket(s) you want to send, pack them up, and ship them to Soldiers’ Angels!

Blanket Collection Drive

Interested in starting a blanket collection drive at your business, school, church, group, etc.? That’s great! Scroll down to find some graphics that you can use to promote your campaign.

To start a collection drive, simply use a cardboard box or bin for collection and tape the flyer to your collection box! Please be sure to check with your office, school, church or group regarding any regulations they may have on hosting a collection drive.

Once your collection is over, ship your collected blankets to Soldiers’ Angels.

Shipping Address

Please Note: You are responsible for the cost of shipping the blankets to us. In order for your blankets to count toward the Blanket Drive count, your package must be postmarked no later than August 31, 2022.

Ship your blankets to:
Soldiers’ Angels Blanket Drive • 2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107 • San Antonio, Texas 78218


Soldiers’ Angels Blanket Drive FAQ

Still have questions? We’ve got answers! Explore our FAQ section to learn more about the Blanket Drive. If we didn’t answer your question, feel free to reach out via phone or email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can! Email: [email protected] Phone: 210.629.0020

 Q: Where do the blankets go?

A: Blankets are hand-delivered to veteran patients in VA Hospitals across the country. Although we are still navigating COVID policies in VA’s that may limit our ability to send volunteers into the facility, the primary objective of the program is to be able to deliver the blankets while a volunteer is doing patient visits. This makes it not only a wonderful gift, but a personal touch and a way for volunteers to further impact the veteran patients they are visiting. The patients are often overwhlemed with gratitude for the gift and the blankets become cherished keepsakes.

While we continue to navigate COVID policies, the blankets are perhaps even more important. They will still be delivered to the VA Hospitals, but our volunteers may or may not be able to hand-deliver the blankets. This can create an even great impact as the patients in the hospital may not have been able to have any visitors throughout COVID and this lets them know we are still thinking of them!

In addition, blankets are included in care packages that are shipped to deployed service members around the world!

 Q: Do they need to be store-bought blankets?

A: Nope! We will take new blankets purchased from a store and we will also take handmade blankets of any kind— quilted, sewn, crocheted, knitted, no-sew, etc. The only blankets we will not accept are used blankets.

Q: How many blankets can I collect and send to the Soldiers’ Angels Blanket Drive?

A: As many as you want! We have had donations ranging from one blanket to huge blanket-making events that generated hundreds of blankets at one time. Just keep in mind, you will need to cover the cost of shipping the blankets. Email [email protected] for a shipping address. We will do our best to connect you with one of our representatives that is closest to your location to help keep shipping costs down, but there is no guarantee how close that representative will be to your location.

Q: What size blankets should I buy?

A: We prefer twin size blankets. Twin size is the standard size that would work on an individual hospital bed and it is also a smaller size that would be easier to ship to deployed.

Q: What color?  

A: Any color! As you see on our Amazon Wish List, we managed to find a lot of patriotic and military-ish styles, but they don’t have to be. You can send solid colors or a fun pattern. As long as the pattern is not offensive, it will be used.

Q: Do I need to include anything else with my shipment of blankets?

A: It is not necessary, but if you choose to send a note of thanks, it’s best if it’s a postcard or other card not in an envelope, so that our staff can review the card. We will do our best to keep the cards with the blankets once we receive them, however, if your cards are separate from the blanket or in an envelope, there’s a higher chance they will get separated during our receiving process as we will have to open and read each card.

Q: I know someone who works at a major blanket manufacturing company– can I ask for donations from that company? 

A: The short answer is no, but read on to learn why.

Soldiers’ Angels has created collection campaigns throughout the year as an opportunity for individuals, businesses, and organizations to come together and give back to our troops and veterans. These collection campaigns are meant to be held in a way that general members of the public (i.e., your friends, family, classmates, co-workers, etc.) can donate to the campaign.

If you are hosting a collection, please do not solicit cash or in-kind donations from retailers, manufacturers, large corporations, or any other business entity. Due to the nature of those requests and the paperwork involved, solicitation of donations must come directly from Soldiers’ Angels. In most cases, we already have a relationship established with many of the major businesses. If you happen to have a connection at a retailer, manufacturer, large corporation, or other business entity that you think would be willing to donate cash or in-kind items to Soldiers’ Angels, please reach out to us and we would be happy to contact them. Email: [email protected]

Q: Can I get a tax receipt for my donation of blankets?

A: Yes! Please use one of the following options to get a tax receipt:

  • Many websites will allow you to include a Gift Receipt and an Optional Gift Message. If the website you’re using allows this, please fill out the Optional Gift Message to include your name (or company name), address, phone number, and email address. We will use that information to send you a donation receipt.
  • If the website you’re using does not allow you to include a Gift Receipt or Optional Gift Message, please email your order confirmation/receipt to [email protected] Please be sure that email includes your name, address, phone number, and email address and that you mention you are interested in receiving a donation receipt.
Q: I am hosting a collection at my office and want to have the collection running for as long as possible. What is the latest date I can send the blankets to be counted toward the goal?

A: Our collection dates are from July 1 through August 31, 2022. This means that we will count any blankets received within those dates toward the 2,022 Blanket goal. As long as your package of blankets is postmarked no later than August 31, 2022, your donation will count toward the blanket goal.

Q: I am sending you a large collection of blankets that we collected at my office. How do I get a tax receipt?

A: If you would like to receive a tax receipt for you collected donation, please include a piece of paper in each box that is shipped to Soldiers’ Angels. The paper needs to include the name and information of the person (or company representative) the tax receipt should be addressed to. We will need their name (and company name, if applicable), address, phone number, and email address.

Q: I live near your office in San Antonio. Can I deliver the blankets to your office when we finish our collection?

A: Absolutely! We love to meet the people behind the collections! Stop on by our office and drop off your donation whenever you are ready (before August 31st, that is!). 2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107, San Antonio, Texas 78218 and our office hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm CT.

Q: Can I make a monetary donation towards the purchase of blankets?

A: Absolutely! If you are donating online, please write “blankets” in the comments field. If you are sending in a check, please write “blankets” on the memo line. And if you call to make a donation, be sure to mention it to whomever you speak to on the phone. Donate online here. Mail check donations, payable to Soldiers’ Angels, to: 2895 NE Loop 410, Suite 107, San Antonio, Texas 78218. Call our office to make a donation: 210-629-0020.