Imagine a family facing a cold wintry night of steadily dropping temperatures with no blanket on the bed. Picture children huddled together in the same bed, asleep in their school clothes in an attempt to stay warm throughout the night. In a day and age where many enjoy a blanket of some kind draped over each piece of furniture, in several rooms of their homes, there are families right here in Orange County, shivering through the night without so much as one blanket to share.

New and gently used, clean blankets are being collected now through December 21, 2012 for Orange Christian Services to distribute to Orange County residents in need. The “Blanket of Hope Drive” is a partnership effort between Orange Christian Services and Orange County Team One of the 2012-13 Class of Leadership Southeast Texas.

According to Judy Jensen, Executive Director of Orange Christian Services, their organization services 800-900 Orange County families, (between 2100-2200 individuals) per month. OCS offers food and clothing as well as other items, like blankets, for these in need. The mission of Orange Christian Services is “to bring a message of mercy and hope and a measure of love and peace through sharing the blessings of food and other resources with those in need, demonstrating a unifying, servant hearted and community-building expression of God’s love in action in Orange County.”

Regarding blankets, Ms. Jensen stated that there is a definite need and always a shortage of these items. Individuals who might receive clothing rarely obtain blankets, as there is not an adequate blanket supply from which to distribute. With the coldest months and freeze warning alerts still ahead for Southeast Texas, this need is even more significant.

Those wishing to donate may drop off blankets at various collection sites, throughout Orange County during each site’s regular business hours. Drop-off sites include Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, (707 Main, Orange, TX) Bridge City ISD Administration Building, (1031 West Roundbunch, Bridge City, behind the Elementary School) Orange Savings Bank, (Orange-812 North 16th St, Orange) Orange Savings Bank, (Vidor-960 North Main, Vidor) and Orange Christian Services. (2518 West Park Avenue, Orange)

Anyone needing a blanket can contact Orange Christian Services and proceed with the client application process. For more information about obtaining blankets and other items, Orange County residents can call 409-886-0938.