Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader
New and gently used, clean blankets are now being collected for Orange Christian Services to distribute to Orange County residents in need. The “Blanket Drive” will be conducted from December 10, 2012 through January 31, 2013 as a partnership effort between Orange Christian Services and Orange County Team One of the 2012-13 Class of Leadership Southeast Texas.
Those wishing to donate may drop off blankets at various collection sites, throughout Orange County during each site’s regular business hours. Drop-off sites include Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 707 Main, Orange, Bridge City ISD Administration Building, 1031 West Roundbunch, Bridge City, behind the Elementary School, Orange Savings Bank, 812 North 16th St, Orange or 960 North Main, Vidor and Orange Christian Services, 2518 West Park Avenue, Orange.
According to Judy Jensen, Executive Director of Orange Christian Services, their organization services 800-900 Orange County families, (between 2100-2200 individuals) per month.
OCS offers food and clothing as well as other items, like blankets, for these in need. The mission of Orange Christian Services is “to bring a message of mercy and hope and a measure of love and peace through sharing the blessings of food and other resources with those in need, demonstrating a unifying, servant hearted and community- building expression of God’s love in action in Orange County.”
Regarding blankets, Ms. Jensen said there is a definite need and always a shortage of these items, and with the coldest months still ahead for Southeast Texas, this need is even more significant.
Ms. Jensen also said that anyone needing a blanket could contact Orange Christian Services and proceed with the client application process. For more information about obtaining blankets and other items, Orange County residents can call 409-886-0938.