The Organization Maddie’s Blankets was started to give animals a comfortable place to sleep at night. I started Maddie’s Blankets in 2007 and it became a 501(c)3 in 2009. Maddie’s Blankets was started to give kids a chance to help out their community and love animals.
“When I was 10, I was looking for non-profit organizations where I could volunteer. Many of the organizations didn’t want me to volunteer because at the time I was too young. I also visited a rescue operation and I realized that often these animals have nothing to sleep on but a thin pillowcase. Maddie’s Blankets was created to give these animals a soft blanket to sleep on and to give young kids an opportunity to make a difference in their community and be able to immediately see the difference they are making. While originally designed to make animal blankets, I have expanded Maddie’s Blankets to make comfort blankets for children in foster care and transitional housing situations.” -Maddie Pelgrim (Founder)
“Young kids in foster care are moving from home to home and they rarely have something that comes with them or that is comforting. I think it would be really cool to give these under privileged children a comfort blanket so they have something warm and comforting to take with them no matter here their journey takes them. Young kids that are currently homeless need something to keep them warm during the winter and something soft to sleep on every night.” -Maddie
As of March 2011, Maddie’s Blankets has made over 8000 blankets in Virginia and other states including NC, MS, GA, CA, and KS. I have worked with Girl Scouts, Brownies, Daisies, church youth groups and community groups. In the next school year, Maddie’s Blankets will be a recognized community service organization at my school.
Over the next two years, three goals I would like to accomplish are:
1.Increase the impact of Maddie’s Blankets in other areas of Virginia and meet with local school boards to discuss either giving extra credit for community service or making community service mandatory.
2.Spread Maddie’s Blankets to other states including PA, MD, NY, NJ though my friends, family and contacts. I would like to conduct a Maddie’s Blankets project in these states.
3.Donate 10,000 blankets to transitional housing, foster, and animal rescue organizations.