As November ended, so did the Black-Phillips Post 433 Blanket Drive supporting Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network (CVAN). Commander Chris Edmonds led the drive this year, encouraging the donation of blankets and other items.
Sitting at home on a cold February morning, Edmonds was wrapped in a blanket and realized how fortunate he was. A match was lit that day and inspired him to find a way to help those less fortunate. This event supporting the community started in 2019, when the post made donations in February and November of that year. We were unable to support in 2020 due to COVID but supported CVAN once again in 2021, but this year was a little different. Besides reaching out to post members, Commander Edmonds reached out on social media letting the local community know of our blanket drive. Numerous members of the community reached out to donate blankets, strengthening our bond with the community.
In total, the post collected 90 blankets, four towels, 121 washcloths and a bag of personal hygiene supplies. Since 1982, CVAN provides safety, shelter and support for battered women and their children. These small donations may not seem like much to many but to those placed in these difficult situations, it’s a small start to help them feel good again and back on their feet.
For next year the post set a goal for over 100 blankets, and encourages other posts to support their local shelter as well.