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Local Charitable Organization to Help Hurricane Harvey Relief
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29 September 2017  
Blankets for Kids Co-Founder Ronald “Ron” Campbell stands with volunteer Charlene Brackey who holds one of the gifts the charitable organization gives out to those in need. All Photos by: Torrence Dunham

Blankets for Kids Sending Gifts to Victims of Hurricane Harvey

PRESCOTT-  Ronald “Ron” Campbell’s wife Shirley Campbell used to knit items for grandkids and the idea came along to knit for kids in the community who are in need. However, carpal tunnel disease in both hands for Shirley put up a decision for the two whether they should continue the mission.

“I said there’s a need out here in the community, let’s go ahead and continue with it and let’s see how far we can go with it,” Ron Campbell said.

Nine years later, the 501(c)3 organization now named “Blankets for Kids” provides over 6,000 gifts made up of a blanket, a stuffed animal, a scarf and a hat for children in Yavapai County every year-all made up from donations.

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“There’s no way we could have done this without the help of the giving people in Prescott, Arizona,” Ron Campbell said. “If it wasn’t for (the donors) realizing and having faith in us that we would supply the needs of the less fortunate….this wouldn’t have materialized like it did.”

After helping thousands of families in the community, the organization has decided to reach out and help those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. Ron has been in contact for the past few weeks with Catholic Charites in Houston. Blankets for Kids is sending hundreds of items in boxes to be distributed to the area.

“Just seeing the pictures on the TV kind of touched my heart and I think the other people as well on the board of directors,” Ron Campbell said. “I think that was something we just thought we could do, we could make an impact.”

Ron’s shed, which was built to house all the donated items, is stacked floor to ceiling with donations all categorized by volunteers according to gender, new or used items and size.

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Considering the charitable nature of the city, Ron has no doubt the shed will be stacked again in time for the organization to continue their project within the Yavapai County around the holidays.

“This is what makes it go, the donor-ships that come in,” Ron Campbell said.

Individuals who are looking to make a donation can visit the various drops offs listed on the organization's website. The items don’t have to be new, just clean. In addition, Blankets for Kids qualifies as AZ Tax Credit Certified.
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