There is still time to donate new blankets for Warm Hearts project at the Neosho/Newton County Library.

The project began on Oct. 21 and will conclude on Monday, Dec. 9.

“We wanted to do something for the community this time of the year,” said Sharon Meredith, acting director of the library. “We talked about the coat drive that involved sizes, boy coats or girl coats.”

The library opted to partner with Bright Futures of Neosho.

“They kind of talked and decided to go with blankets, because blankets are kind of warm, cuddly and comforting,” she said. “They don’t have to be big blankets, we are just doing the little throws. All of the stores are carrying them this time of the year. It needs to be a new one, needs to have a wrapper on it or bands around it. Bright Futures will determine who gets them like they do everything else.”

Thus far, the library has received around 50 blankets.

This is the first time that the library has done the blanket drive.

“We wanted to help out our children of the community this time of the year,” Meredith said. “Toys are hard to do, coats are hard to do, but these blankets can go for boys or girls.”
Not only has the library received blankets, but they have also received some other donations.
“We have had a few checks,” she said. “At the end of the program, we will give those checks to Bright Futures and they can continue to buy things. If people don’t want to go shopping, they can bring a check by, then we will either go shopping for them or give the checks to the Bright Futures program.”
Those wanting to donate can by dropping blankets off at the library during normal business hours 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
“Any little bit helps for this blanket drive and all of it will stay in Neosho,” she said. “I think that Neosho is a giving community. We see that every year with all of the activities that goes on: the Newton County Food Basket Brigade, we have contributed that to years, Toys for Tots… we have a Food Basket Brigade box here in the library. We are a part of the community and really want to share with our community.”
For more information, contact the Neosho/Newton County Library at 451-4231.