As the winter season approaches, local business Greenfield Cleaners and Textile Restoration in Mesa is partnering with Phoenix Rescue Mission to collect, clean and hand-deliver blankets to individuals and families living on the streets in Maricopa County.
Located at the northeast corner of Greenfield and Brown roads (1309 N. Greenfield Road), the dry-cleaning service is encouraging those within the community to bring new and used blankets to its storefront, where it will clean and package the blankets at no cost to those donating.
“We want to make it easy for our community members to get involved with such a great cause. If we can help one person or family stay warm during the holidays, especially during Christmas, then it’s all worth it,” said Carla Jetton, owner and operator of Greenfield Cleaners and Restoration. “Our goal is to raise at least 700 blankets by Christmas Day, one blanket for every homeless person in the U.S. who falls victim to hypothermia each year.”
In addition to collecting blankets, Greenfield Cleaners is also asking the community to bring in their gently used coats, sweaters and other cold-weather clothing, which will be distributed directly to those living on the streets through Phoenix Rescue Mission’s Hope Coach Outreach program. Supporters can drop off their donations during Greenfield Cleaner’s normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.).
Currently, Phoenix Rescue Mission is in the midst of its fourth annual Feeding Phoenix: More than a Meal campaign, which goes through Dec. 31 and aims to collect food, water, blankets, socks, sleeping bags, toys, and monetary donations during holiday campaign. The public is asked to join the effort, either by donating items or by volunteering at a Feeding Phoenix event.
For more information about the blanket drive, call Greenfield Cleaners at 480-287-4377 or Phoenix Rescue Mission at 602-233-3000. To learn more about the Feeding Phoenix campaign and other Mission initiatives, visit: www.phoenixrescuemission.org.