NEW CASTLE, Pa.-- New Castle Y organizers say Columbia Gas employees and several local businesses joined with community members this month to collect hundreds of quilts, baby knitted blankets, comforters, twin and double blankets to support the annual “Share the Warmth Blanket Drive”. Columbia Gas introduced this program into our community several years ago to help families struggling with heating deficiencies.
School Districts that participated in the drive were Neshannock School District collecting 150 blankets, Shenango School District collecting 233 blankets, and New Castle School District collected 210 blankets. Students from Shenango School District and New Castle School District Peer Leadership Program, helped organize the distribution of blankets at the Columbia Gas Building at the New Castle location.
We appreciate the support of the community in our annual “Share the Warmth Blanket drive and this year the community donated 743 blankets, which is an increase of 171 blankets from last year. “Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania is committed to keeping our customers safe and warm," said Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania Community Engagement Manager Sarah Perry. "We are humbled to partner with the United Way by assisting with their Share the Warmth Blanket Drive." Gayle Young, Executive Director United Way of Lawrence County stated, “We appreciate the extreme generosity of our community in making this event so successful, and the students were the key component with their compassion and enthusiasm”.
The blankets were distributed to the following agencies: 1-2-1 Mentoring, Catholic Charities, Children’s Advocacy Center, City Rescue Mission, Crisis Shelter, Holy Redeemer, LCCAP, People in Need Holy Redeemer. Children’s Advocacy, Holy Redeemer Church, and Humane Society.