Libraries’ blanket drive aims to share the warmth

Melyssa Woodard, outreach coordinator at Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library, is coordinating a blanket drive to serve individuals who are homeless in Madison County. Hurt/Battelle Memorial and London Public Library are drop-off spots for the drive. Hurt/Battelle also is collecting winter coats, hats and gloves, which are available at the library for anyone who needs them.

(Posted Dec. 8, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library in West Jefferson and London Public Library are joining forces to bring warmth to individuals who are homeless in Madison County.

From now through the end of February, both libraries are collecting new and gently used blankets. Donations can be dropped off at either library. Organizers ask that donors wash used blankets before donating them.

“Our outreach coordinator, Melyssa Woodard, wanted to add this as a new outreach program,” said Chris Siscoe, Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library director. “She noticed some homeless people around London. With it getting cold, she thought this would be a way we could help out.”

London Public Library decided to join the effort.

“We figured it would be a good idea to help people in the community,” said Andy Scaggs, London Library’s outreach coordinator.

The libraries will work with local organizations, such as food pantries and churches, to distribute the blankets during the winter months.

“Depending on how many blankets we receive, we will reach out to different partners to divide them up. Our initial focus is the homeless. If we get a lot of blankets, we might be able to give to shelters, too,” Siscoe said.

The blanket collection coincides with Hurt/Battelle’s annual Warm Up West Jeff program through which the library collects new and gently used coats, hats and gloves. The items are available for anyone who needs them to pick them up at the library. The limit is one item per person.

Hurt/Battelle Memorial Library is located at 270 Lilly Chapel Rd., West Jefferson. Hours are: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sunday, closed. For more information, call (614) 879-8448.

London Public Library is located at 20 E. First St. Hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Sunday, closed. For more information, call (740) 852-9543.


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