For Immediate Release 

Monday, November 28, 2022 


Betsy Garrold, 

Pat LaMarche, 

Homeless Memorial Blanket Project Coordinators to Gather Blankets  in Bangor on the 7th of December 

+Homeless #MemorialBlanket Project to cover the West Lawn of the  Capitol with handmade blankets: Wednesday, Dec. 21 in Washington DC +People across the US with sewing, knitting, crocheting, and quilting skills  are contributing blankets: Find a state at + Facebook page with photographs and news about the project and  participants: 

BANGOR, MAINE— The Homeless Memorial Blanket Project, a nationwide  effort to encourage and compile homemade blankets for distribution to  unhoused individuals and families, is going to be in Bangor on December  7th gathering the blankets made by local knitters, crocheters and quilters to  be donated to the project. There will be two press availabilities for Ms.  LaMarche as listed below. 

The blankets assembled from all over the country will be displayed on the  West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington DC on Wednesday December  21st. When the display is disassembled, the blankets will be distributed to  families and individuals in dire need during the winter. 

Donated blankets can be dropped off at two locations in Bangor: 

From 1pm to 3pm at The Cotton Cupboard Quilt Shop, 1213 Broadway,  Bangor. Contact person: Evelyn Caruso. 

From 4-5:30 pm at the UPS Store, 499 Broadway, Bangor. Contact person:  Melissa Braley.

Pat LaMarche, founder of the project says:“I’m so excited to get home to  Maine and talk with folks about their work on the project. Artisans – with an  enormous talent and an equal capacity for caring – have devoted countless  hours to create gifts of warmth.” 

One of those artisans, Robin Pinkham of Bangor, says: “I really enjoy the  creativity that comes with designing and making quilts. Knowing that  someone will be kept warm with one of the quilts that I took such pleasure  in creating is a really good feeling. I think that home made quilts and  Afghans offer a special type of warmth because of the fact that they are  made with caring hands.” 

The Homeless Memorial Blanket Project is aiming for a total of at least 500  blankets (9000 square feet), contributed by participants in every state and  territory, for the display on Dec. 21 with the goal of raising public  awareness of people without adequate housing. 

The project has participants in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of  Columbia. Volunteers in each state are being asked to make at least 100  blankets, providing ten for the Capitol Lawn display and donating another  90 or more to outreach programs in their area. 

Typical blankets dimensions are 45″ x 80″ and 60″ x 80″ with a variety of  fabrics, fibers, and colors. 

Some states have begun to charter buses to bring participants to  Washington DC for the Dec. 21 display. 

The Homeless Memorial Blanket Project is hosted by the Charles Bruce  Foundation (, which is located in  central Pennsylvania. The Dec. 21 display will be an arts installation by this  nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. 

Anyone interested in participating can sign up for their state at https:// 



“Homeless Memorial Blanket Project puts a spotlight on housing insecurity” The AFRO (Washington DC), November 6, 2022 housing-insecurity/

Press release: Collection of blankets begins at a DC church in preparation  for the Homeless #MemorialBlanket display on Dec. 21 

October 26, 2022 

Press release: Pennsylvania housing advocate invites donations of blanket  squares for the Homeless Memorial Blanket Project 

September 12, 2022 

Homeless Memorial Blanket Project on Facebook (national group) To find a state Facebook group, type Homeless Remembrance Blanket and  the state’s name in Search 

Nonprofit Seeks Artisans Across US to Help the Unhoused Daily Kos, February 6, 2022 Artisans-Across-US-to-Help-the-Unhoused 

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