January 2018 – USA Today
After the stories appeared and revealed a lack of access to clean running water for over two decades, a local outreach group, Blankets & Blessings, created the initiative Clean Water for Charleston Park. From that spawned donations that have led to several homes being equipped with new filters and reverse osmosis units at a cost of about $1,000 each.
Read the whole article here: https://www.news-press.com/story/opinion/2018/01/05/2018-must-bring-solutions-charleston-park-fort-myers-dump-site/1005704001/
December 2017 – USA Today
“A 21-year wait for clean water comes to an end for Charleston Park family”
Clean Water for Charleston Park, an initiative of the nonprofit Blankets & Blessings, is collecting online donations for water treatment for families. Check out the entire story here:
2017 – Blankets and Blessings continues to distribute blankets, toiletries, bug spray and emergency housing. In November 2017 the group agrees to help with providing clean water to the residents living in Charleston Park in East Ft.Myers. In 2017 five homes were gifted water filtration equipment, wells were cleaned and sanitized and several tons of bottled water were donated.
2016 – The B&B organization has begun developing partnerships with churches and outreach groups to increase distribution for those in need. In addition helping with cold weather outreach initiatives and toiletries, the organization begins to distribute bug spray. In this year the organization branches out and helps to provide emergency shelter for some families in need. Over 40 weeks of emergency housing was provided.
Blankets and Blessings becomes and official 501c3 Charity. Since 2012 we’ve distributed thousands of blankets, clothes and toiletries locally helping hundreds of homeless and needy in SW Florida.
We grow our distribution events to several times per year and help with emergency cold weather outreach.
In 2013, Blankets and Blessings held their first Thanksgiving morning event to distribute items to the homeless.
On December 11, 2012 at eight years old, Will Constantine, (son of Co-founder Kerry Constantine) started his first blanket drive.