Credit unions “Make a Blanket Statement” with more than 500 blankets for homeless

Massachusetts credit unions made a “Blanket Statement” during the month of January with the third annual Blanket Drive to help support the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (Coalition). These blankets “Make A Difference” by providing winter warmth for many children and families who seek relief from the bitter cold.

Twenty credit unions along with the Massachusetts Credit Union League distributed 513 blankets to the Coalition and many community agencies throughout the state including:
• Amherst Survival Center, Amherst;
• Citizens for Adequate Housing, Peabody;
• Hap Housing, Springfield;
• House of Hope, Lowell;
• Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network, Our Father’s House, and Ginny’s Helping Hand, Leominster;
• Sterling Fire Department, Sterling;
• Clinton Senior Citizens, Clinton;
• Holden Senior Center, Holden;
• Abby’s House, and African Community Education, Worcester; and
• Leominster Battered Women’s Shelter, Leominster.

Some credit unions collected sheets, comforters, and throws to help the Coalition’s “A Bed for Every Child” initiative.

The top five credit unions that collected the most blankets were:  Leominster Credit Union, 77; Polish National Credit Union, 62; Metro Credit Union, 45; Ocean Spray Employees Federal Credit Union, 38; and Liberty Bay Credit Union, 36.

The Committee extends a special thanks to all the credit unions listed below that participated in this year’s Blanket Drive.

Brookline Municipal Credit Union
City of Boston Credit Union
CPCU Credit Union
Hanscom Federal Credit Union
IC Federal Credit Union
Leominster Credit Union
Liberty Bay Credit Union
MassMutual Federal Credit Union
Members Plus Credit Union
Metro Credit Union
NMTW Community Credit Union
Ocean Spray Employees Federal Credit Union
Polish National Credit Union
Seaport Credit Union
St. Jean's Credit Union
STCU Credit Union
Tewksbury Federal Credit Union
UMassFive College Federal Credit Union
W.H. Nichols Employees Federal Credit Union
Worcester Credit Union
Massachusetts Credit Union League

Since 2011, the credit unions in Massachusetts have donated a total of 1,714 blankets throughout the state to keep families and individuals warm against the harsh elements of winter.