For Immediate Release
Contact: Stacey Gould 717.245.2648
Downtown Carlisle Association Lends Santa House as #memorialblanket Drop Off Site
Downtown Non-Profits Help Each Other by Putting Community First
Every evening from 3:30 pm until 5:30 pm, December 10st through the 20th, the Santa house in Veteran Square at the corners of West High and South Hanover will serve as the drop off location for handmade blankets created for the Homeless Remembrance Blanket Project.
“Last year the blankets were displayed at West Lawn of the US Capitol – this year they’re going to the Capitol steps in Harrisburg – so we need a Carlisle collection site before they make their big trip to the state house,” event organizer, Reverend Matthew Best, explained. “We are just overjoyed by the commitment the Downtown Carlisle Association has made to our effort. Letting us share Santa’s shop as a collection site. It’s joyous. In return for their kindness, we’re getting mittens for the children who go see Santa this weekend. It’s really a perfect cooperative effort between our two projects.”
Stacey Gould, Main Street Manager for the Downtown Carlisle Association offered the use of Santa’s workshop saying, “We’ve shared what the Charles Bruce Foundation is doing on our social media pages, but I just felt like there was something more tangible we could do for the project and for all those remarkable artisans creating blankets. When we learned they needed a collection site – I knew it was a perfect fit.”
Charles Bruce Foundation volunteers will staff Santa’s workshop every evening between the hours of 3:30 and 5:30 to collect the handmade blankets which will be on display as part of a massive art installation created to bring attention to homelessness. The display coincides with Homeless Memorial Day – the winter solstice – the longest night of the year.
Special for this year, the #memorialblanket will also be collecting diapers and baby needs and distributed to directly to families in need.
More information about the #memorialblanket is available at memorialblanket.org