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Indoor picnic of one, please. Sometimes in the afternoon, when I’m home alone, I like to indulge in a little break from technology. A good book, a ridiculously good cheeseboard, and a cozy blanket help set the scene.

This blanket, from Sackcloth & Ashes, is not only cozy and soft, but part of a larger vision that is near and dear to my heart. For every blanket that you purchase from them, they donate one to a local homeless shelter. In just the last few years, they have donated over 7500 blankets, and there’s no sign of slowing down yet.

Living in a large city, our homeless population is not tucked away, or something that can be ignored. I live close to downtown, have driven through skid row, and know that our city has a major problem of not having enough shelters and funds available to help. Companies like Sackcloth & Ashes are wonderful, because they address the fact that plenty of our population’s most vulnerable will sleep on the street tonight, with little protection. A blanket can seem like a small thing, but if it can provide any comfort or shelter, it’s a huge help.

If you’ve been looking for a housewarming gift for a friend, or are perhaps already thinking about holiday gifts, I cannot recommend them enough. Not only will you be able to give a gorgeous blanket like this as a gift, you’ll be able to know that a gift was given to someone in desperate need.

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