Annual Helke blanket nets 145 blankets for homeless shelter
On November 19, dozens of volunteers gathered in the gymnasium at Helke Elementary to transform yards of fleece into the gift of warmth for the homeless.
The volunteers—Helke third and fourth graders, parents, teachers, and Butler High School softball team members—made 145 blankets and 10 scarves for donation to St. Vincent de Paul. It’s the sixth year that the school has organized the blanket project.
“It’s grown every year,” said Melanie Clark, Helke educational aide and organizer of the annual event. “It’s wonderful to see the extent of support from the school and our community. They are extremely appreciative at St. Vincent de Paul.”
The event, one of many projects that helps teach students about community service, is run through the school’s PTA. The organization raised $996.66 for the project through a variety of fundraisers, including a Skateworld night and a Chik-fil-A night. Teachers could additionally pay $30 to wear fleece on Wednesdays, and parents also made a sizeable donation to the cause.