Spreading Love And Warmth To The Homeless
Love is a Warm Blanket (LIAWB) is kicking off its fifth year of collecting and distributing donations of blankets to the homeless in our communities. “Though the street is not a home, we aim to provide warmth, love and attention where it is needed most,” said Angela Amirkhanian, founder of LIAWB, an annual blanket drive during winter months whose mission is to warm the hearts of the homeless and spread love with donations of blankets. Join the love! LIAWB is now accepting donations of new and gently used (washed) blankets of all sizes.
Blanket donation drop off boxes are available at The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission (Northridge) The Valley Economic Alliance (Sherman Oaks) and All State Insurance (Glendale).
The drive also has an Amazon WishList, where you can simply select and checkout blankets on the list, and send directly to the drive. The list can be viewed at tinyurl.com/LIAWBAmazon. LIAWB personally handed out near 400 blankets to the general homeless population living on the streets and through distribution events with homeless shelters last year.
They held events in Downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row and at Ascencia’s emergency winter shelter, where residents chose blankets of choice. “Recipients are extremely grateful for the blankets, but what goes the longest way is interacting and having normal human conversation with them,” said Amirkhanian. “Asking for their names and how they’re doing,” she added.
LIAWB also donates blankets to homeless shelters and resource centers including My Friend’s Place’s Union Rescue Mission, The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, Light House for Women and Children, LA Family Housing, and MEND. As the drive continues to grow, so does its mission.
Last year, many organizations, companies, churches, hospitals, and schools encouraged giving and helping those in need amongst their groups. Lionsgate Entertainment placed bins at their Santa Monica branch and encouraged employees to donate.
The Christian Outreach for Armenians Church collected blankets before service. Attendees at The Valley Economic Alliance’s holiday open house brought blankets to the party. For more information visit www.LIAWB.blogspot.com