Flyers donate 3,000 team blankets to homeless shelter

"A blanket can be the difference between life and death, really."

Mark Abrams
September 17, 2018 - 12:18 pm
Pallets containing sealed packages of blankets for the homeless are delivered to The Bethesda Project on Monday morning by Philadelphia Flyers Charities.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Flyers donated some 3,000 team blankets to a homeless shelter at the edge of Chinatown on Monday.

The Bethesda Project in the 900 block of Hamilton Street is the recipient of the gift of warmth for its guests.

Misty Sparks, director of entry-level programs at The Bethesda Project at the edge of Chinatown, says a donation of blankets by the Philadelphia Flyers will go a long way to help guests who stay at the shelter and use its services during the winter months
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"You know a blanket can be the difference between life and death, really," Misty Sparks, director of entry-level programs, said. "You know keeping someone warm is one of the most important things that we do in the winter time."

Sparks said the blankets are not only a lifesaver, but they also help the shelter in directing its limited resources to other needs.

"We are a nonprofit that functions off of the kindness of others, and this will help us save a lot of funds, because we won't have to purchase blankets throughout the winter," Sparks said.

Sparks says the Bethesda shelter can take up to 400 people a night during the winter months and provides a variety of services to about 2,500 people over the course of a year.