The Blanket Drive


Emily Baddour, Editor-In-Chief

Archbishop Spalding held their annual Blanket Drive from October 27th to November 10th. Spalding encourages their community to bring in new or gently used blankets to their homeroom during this time. The Archbishop Spalding Blanket Drive has been in partnership with Happy Helpers for the Homeless since 1996. Spalding sends the blankets they collect to Happy Helpers for the Homeless and they distribute them to people experiencing homelessness in Anne Arundel County and Baltimore City. If Spalding has met the needs for Happy Helpers for the Homeless, they then donate the blankets to other organizations. Some of the other organizations are HOPE for All, Orphan Grain Train, Sarah’s House, and Cheryl’s Rescue Ranch for Wildlife. This year, Spalding’s freshman class led the way by collecting 292 blankets and the junior class was close behind them with 287 blankets collected. As a whole, the Spalding community collected over 980 blankets! The school was awarded a sweatshirt day due to the overwhelming amount of donations. This drive is a great way for Spalding to help those in need keep warm during the cold weather. Ms. Trumpler, of Campus Ministry, would like to add, “On behalf of the Blanket Drive Committee, we would like to extend sincerest gratitude to our community for their support of this student-led drive! Collecting over 980 blankets is amazing and will make a difference to those who will need warmth this winter!” Archbishop Spalding does a great job making service an important part of their students’ lives. The Blanket Drive is just one of the many ways they come together as a community to help.