BLANKET TAMPA BAY
We Serve the Homeless thru Christ's Love
ABOUT BLANKET TAMPA BAY
Blanket Tampa Bay was started 3 years ago when the church I was attending gave each family $100 with the idea of doing something good and coming back together in January to talk about what we did and how we used the money. I told my husband I wanted to use the money to buy blankets for the homeless. In the meantime I stopped off at Trinity Café who serves meals to the homeless every day, to meet my friend Cindy Davis who was the Director at the time and asked her how many people they serve every day, Cindy said about 285 people. I was amazed and said, “What if I collect about 300 blankets to pass out on Christmas Eve? Cindy said that would be great! When I told my husband I wanted to collect 300 blankets he said: “where are you going to get that many blankets”? So I created a Facebook page and received blankets from Georgia, Wisconsin and Arizona and received 308! That Christmas, as promised we passed out our blankets to the guests at Trinity Café.
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
Because it could be anyone of us out on the streets. All it takes is one life-changing event to put you out on the street. Currently, we work every Monday night at St Peter Claver Church from 7-8p.m. and pass out hygiene products of every kind as well as blankets.
WHERE WE’RE GOING
We will always work our Monday nights at St Peter Claver Church but are working to create an Urban Rest Stop. A place where the homeless and working poor can go take a shower and wash their clothes.
PROJECTS & NEEDS
Support is More than Money…there is always an opportunity to volunteer.
URBAN REST STOP
GENDER SPECIFIC PRODUCTS
DID YOU KNOW…
According to the 2015 Homeless Count in Hillsborough County, on any given night there are at least :
- 2,243 homeless men, women, and children in Tampa-Hillsborough County. These are people who are sleeping on the streets, behind buildings, in encampments, in cars, emergency shelters and transitional housing.
- The majority of Tampa’s homeless are men- There are not enough shelters for them.
- 31% are women- Women can go to shelters if they have room.
- 9% are under the age of 18.
- 14% have served in the U.S. Military
- 13% are Hispanic
- 55% are experiencing homelessness for the FIRST time.
- 74% lived in Hillsborough County for at least 1 year BEFORE becoming homeless.
- Students who are considered homeless by Florida schools can be living in hotels, trailer parks, in campgrounds or doubled up with friends or relatives. And with as many as 71,000 or more homeless students in the state the challenges can extend beyond the kids and families to include the schools.
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Blanket Tampa Bay is a charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization, is dedicated to serving the homeless and working poor by providing the basic needs for everyday living.