Fernelius Toyota Chrysler Dodge Jeep teamed up with the Radio Stations of Northern Star Broadcasting for the first ever “Blanket the North” blanket drive. The community helped to drive away the cold by donating new blankets to Northern Michigan residents in need. The bed of the Toyota Tacoma was heaped with blankets at the end of the successful event.
“With temperatures getting cooler and heating bills on the rise, it can be a financial struggle for some families to keep warm,” said owner, Dave Fernelius. “Collecting new blankets is one way we can help keep Northern Michigan families stay warmer this winter.”
Blankets were collected at Fernelius Toyota and the Cheboygan Wal Mart displayed a variety of blankets that were available for purchase. In addition, Fernelius Toyota hosted a blanket making party, inviting the community to help make the no-sew fleece blankets. Area youth and adults joined in the fun and 7 fleece blankets were made.
There was also a people’s choice contest for the best handmade new blanket or quilt. The winner, Linda Pillen, received a special gift basket. All of the entries were phenomenal and were true works of art.
The collected blankets will be given to the Department of Public Health and the Council on Aging. These local organizations will distribute them where they see the most need.
“This is the first time we’ve held a blanket drive and we’re overwhelmed by the response. It’s truly amazing what a community can do when we all pull together. I want to thank all those who graciously donated to this great cause. Northern Michigan is a wonderful place filled with caring and compassionate people.