Warm Feelings: Crothall Blanket Distribution

Posted January 3, 2017 at 8:36 pm

Crothall Healthcare, Johnson City, TN, recently partnered with two local groups to distribute 1,500 large cotton blankets to low-income people, according to a local news report. 
Crothall provided the blankets for the mid-December distribution. Two other organizations, Shining Stars Christian Learning Center and iTrain Fitness spearheaded the distribution. Children at the Shining Stars school drew colorful tags for the blankets and helped distribute them to people in need.
“We’ve taught them stories about the Good Samaritan – that when you see someone in need, you don’t just walk away,” said Shining Stars Director Christie Blevins. “They will be here and get to experience the joy of giving, and they will be helping to hand out the blankets to those who come here.” 
The project began when Buddy Hardin, the father of Michael Hardin, owner of iTrain Fitness, contacted Crothall Healthcare General Manager Mike Edwards looking for ways to help people in need deal with winter weather. It turned out that Crothall some surplus blankets that they agreed to donate. 
“I saw an opportunity,” said Buddy. “Right after he gave them to us, David Crockett High School was gathering things to send to Gatlinburg to help the fire victims, so we gave them 500 blankets to take with them. We wanted to give them to the homeless and the needy. We’re trying to instill in the kids to give to those in need. There are people out there freezing.” Click here for details.