Students start blanket drive for homeless in Spokane


SPOKANE, Wash. -It’s no secret, winter weather is here. But while most of us find ways to stay warm, there are hundreds who struggle every day to get out of the cold.

But at John R. Rogers High School, students are making a difference.

“I work downtown so I see a lot of homeless people,” said senior, Samantha Wynne. “I was like, ‘what can I do to help them?’”

So the 17-year-old started a blanket drive at her school.

“When you’re freezing cold you’re just like ‘I just want a blanket’,” said Wynne.

Wynne and other members of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, or FCCLA, collected more than 60 blankets. But they’re generosity didn’t stop there.

The students pooled some of their own money to buy basic necessities like hand warmers, gloves, hats, granola bars, waters, and hygiene and feminine products.

“All of us pitched in,” said Wynne. “We went to the dollar store and came together and decided to make care packages.”

Wynne and her classmates then passed out the blankets and care packages to people at the Union Gospel Mission on Monday after school.

“I’ve never found something I’m so passionate about,” said Wynne. “Doing this makes me so happy.”

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