Hello and thank you for visiting our page. I founded Blankets of Hope(BOH) in December 2011 & we became a nonprofit corporation of PA in January 2012. There were a few factors that helped me come up with this idea. That December there was a negative article in the local newspaper saying how poor the city of Reading was. There was also the positive news of a Secret Santa handing out money. At the same time, one of my customers bought this blanket for their employee holiday gift. This is when I started to brain storm on how, as a small business owner, how could I help our community. After calling several agencies, I was finally put in touch with Sharon Parker who is in charge of the Berks Coalition to End Homelessness. With her help, she introduced me to the 5 original shelters that we started to help. They are Opportunity House, Hope Rescue Mission, Mary’s Shelter, YMCA of Reading & Berks County and Berks Counseling Center. In our first 2 years, we were able to donate 2,008 blankets to these 5 shelters and a few others that came along. We can not purchase these blankets without donations from the private and corporate sector. We have been fortunate to have great media coverage over the last 2+ years. Two articles written in the Reading Eagle and a mention in another article with the event, Cups of Compassion. 69 News did an interview at the Hope Rescue Mission and Fox 29 News of Philadelphia did an interview at the Opportunity House. We also have had 3 podcast done by WEEU, Berkshire Redsox which is now Big Vision Foundation and The People’s Academy. We have a short & long term goal. The short term goal was to bring something positive to Berks County that would get the community involved. Again, we can not donate blankets if the people in the community don’t provide monetary donations. The long term goal is now moving into place. With this website which, was donated by Midcore Solutions of Wyomissing, PA, we can now reach out to other communities throughout PA. I set our format up so we have no overhead. We ship the blankets direct from the manufacture to the location that we are supplying these blankets. This allows us to run Blankets of Hope with Zero administration cost. This is something we should be able to maintain throughout our growth and is something that my board members know I am very adamant about keeping. This allows us to purchase 1 blanket for every $5 donated to Blankets of Hope.
Every person deserves to feel Secure, to be Warm and to have HOPE!
Marc J. Goldstein
Founder & President
Michael D. Dautrich