Who We Are
Blankets of Blessing is a 501C3 non-profit based in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, hosting an annual outreach to children in our local community from low income families that occurs each December.
The mission of Blankets of Blessing is to provide children in our local community with his or her very own blanket and other gifts as an expression of the importance, value and worth of their individual lives.
Eleven years ago I spent time at the LA Dream Center to volunteer in helping work with their mission to reach people in the areas of poverty, addiction, and abuse. Seeing the vast number of homeless sleeping on the streets of LA had a profound impact on my life.
Shortly after returning, I was pulling an old blanket from the linen closet and noticed a significant hole had worn in the middle of it. Immediately, the thought came, “Blankets are expensive. How are the poor able to obtain blankets to keep them warm during the cold winter months?”
Years previous, I had become acquainted with a family who invited me and a couple of my friends into their home. I still remember the bare mattress laying on the living room floor that served as both a couch and bed for this single mom and her three children. How would a family facing these challenges be able to keep their children warm if they couldn’t even afford to put sheets on a mattress?
While pulling that blanket out of the closet I heard in my heart, “Blankets of Blessing.” It would be 8 years before this vision would become a reality, and on July 24, 2019, Blankets of Blessing became its own 501C3 non-profit charity serving preschool children from low income families in Broken Arrow, OK and surrounding areas.
Blankets of Blessing 2021
Those who live to bless others will have blessings heaped upon them, and the one who pours out his life to pour out blessings will be saturated with favor.
We are so grateful for your heart and great generosity toward the children and their families attending Blankets of Blessing 2021. In a time of instability and great uncertainty for many, your gift has truly impacted the lives of these precious kids and their families. Whether monetary, gift cards, or actual gifts (scarves, coffee, etc) from our local businesses and individuals, the parents were equally blessed! This year over 130 (including kids and their families) attended Blankets of Blessing 2021, and because of your heart to give, every child received a warm blanket, pajamas, socks, and for the first time, a brand-new winter jacket. In addition, every child also received a quality gift and book.
A Lasting Impact
What I love most about Blankets of Blessing is the lasting impact on the
lives we encounter. Before our 2021 celebration, I received an unexpected text from a young woman who is now eighteen. She and her family (including 4 younger siblings), attended the event several years ago. In her text, she asked if we were still hosting Blankets of Blessing and when I responded “Yes,” she asked if she could volunteer! I was beyond thrilled! Blankets of Blessing made such an impression on her young life, she wanted to “give back.” Every year we have families asking to return because they consider the event a special
family time and “tradition” during the holidays and this year was no exception.
There were so many special moments during our Blankets of Blessing
Celebration this year, from a child dancing around with his special
Christmas cookie, to children gleefully calling out to Santa “Hi Santa!” as he
and Mrs. Clause entered the room–such an atmosphere of celebration!
Jumping for Joy
As the ticket number for the event grand prize (a Nintendo Switch) was called out, we heard screams and watched as a mother and her daughter excitedly embraced one another jumping up and down as the prize was being delivered. The interpreter explained that this overjoyed girl and her mother had prayed before the number for the Nintendo was called out!
The Only Thing Lincoln Wanted for Christmas
One of my personal highlights was a 4-year-old boy whose eyes were
filled with joy that was contagious. Not only had he received a brand-new
bike in the drawings, which were in addition to the gifts every child
receives, he also received the table centerpiece–a small Christmas tree
with LED lights! He held his Christmas tree proudly as we walked
together carrying his gifts and new bike. While headed toward his car, his mother said to me, “Lincoln told me the only thing he wanted for Christmas was a new bike!” I so wish I would have snapped a shot of the smile on that young boy’s face as he climbed into the backseat of his car. Lincoln and children like him is the reason we do what we do! With heartfelt thanks for your contribution into the lives of kids who will probably never know you, but whose lives have been profoundly impacted by your generosity,
Linda Noble & the Blankets of Blessing Team.
Every child we encounter is a divine opportunity to impact the future…
Whether you are an individual or a business, we are accepting donations. Checkout our donations page to see exactly what your donation would fund.