Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Church World Service Bring Blankets of Hope to Cushion Body and Soul

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In June, 2018 the major news networks arrived in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, turning their cameras to the walkways of the international bridges over the Rio Grande, and the effects of the Zero Tolerance policy on asylum-seeking families at the border was revealed to the country and the world. Observant television viewers and readers of news reports could … Read More

When tornadoes hit, Ohio congregations receive support from the same organization they had supported: CWS

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On the evening of Memorial Day, a group of 15 tornadoes touched down in western Ohio. Sweeping through with winds as powerful as 165 miles per hour, the tornadoes smashed homes, blowing out windows and peeling away roofs. They caused extensive damage in Trotwood, Harrison Township, Dayton, Beavercreek and Celina. Some of the heaviest damage happened in Trotwood, where the … Read More

Blanket the world with LOVE

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Note: This post was originally published by Lenny Blue on the CWS blog. It has been cross posted here. As I sit in the middle of the cold winter months, I often think about our neighbors that are experiencing the cold differently than my family and me. I think about our neighbors who can’t afford to keep their furnace set at … Read More

CWS School Kits, Hygiene Kits and Blankets bring comfort to Northeast Tennessee

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Nestled along the Appalachian Mountains, the Upper East Tennessee Human Development Agency is in the heart of poverty-ridden America. UETHDA serves Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi and Washington counties. Teams in each of the agency’s nine Neighborhood Service Centers work daily to help clients overcome the daily hardships that they face. Specifically, they offer assistance that helps people … Read More

CWS Kits and Blankets help wildfire victims recover in California

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The residents of southern California are accustomed to wildfires during the summer.  But this summer was different. The fires were more intense. A record-setting heat wave, coupled with moderate winds, sparked brush fires across southern California that destroyed homes and forced thousands to evacuate. Not knowing whether their homes would still be standing, hundreds of residents fled the West Willows … Read More

CWS Blankets help Kansas City residents brave the cold

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Huddled by a small fire under an overpass, Dawn ate her warm meal and confessed, “I’d never camped a day in my life before being out here.” She is new to homelessness and credits her friend Matthew for helping her acclimate to her new situation. She told us that she once served in Operation Desert Storm, raised a family and … Read More

CWS Blankets and so much more

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“They are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.” 2 Corinthians 8:2 The Episcopal Community Health Services (ECHOS) is an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in southwest Houston. Cathy Moore, the Director at ECHOS, knows that people who come to the agency are trying to stabilize and improve their lives in the … Read More

Sharing Nice and Warm Blankets with Others

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“They are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.” 2 Corinthians 8:2 With the support of many generous congregations, Church World Service can provide CWS Blankets to various mission projects and non-profits here in the US and around the world. Earlier this year, the members of John Stewart UMC in Upper Sandusky, Ohio started a mission … Read More

Central Christian Church Shares CWS Blankets with Neighbors

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“They are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity.” 2 Corinthians 8:2 Winter was particularly cold in the Midwest this year. The frigid temperatures are most impactful to those who call the outdoors home. Thankfully there are congregations like Central Christian Church (Indy CCC)  in downtown Indianapolis that are trying to help. For almost 15 years, … Read More

CWS Blankets provide warmth on cool San Diego nights

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California may look like a picture-perfect place in television and movies, but skyrocketing rents and lack of affordable housing has resulted in a housing crisis in many urban areas. In San Diego, Community Christian Services Agency provides services for needy families and individuals experiencing homelessness who take refuge in the canyons of Pacific Beach. Though small, CCSA provides a variety … Read More