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Fleece & Thank You

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Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Fleece & Thank You believes in creating a better world for children suffering in the hospital. Our mission is to provide donors the unique opportunity to give comfort and hope to children by creating a fleece blanket and a personalized video message. The healing connection we foster by linking blanket makers to children with illnesses allows us to cheer them on at the starting line of their treatment journey. We work with local groups to help them make blankets and video messages, and then we deliver those to the hospital. Our goal is a simple one: every child in every hospital bed receiving much-needed hope in the form of a colorful, fleece blanket and a friendly face at the start of treatment.

Results: 15,000+ blankets and growing!

Target demographics: children battling hospital treatments

Direct beneficiaries per year: 7000 warriors in the hospital

Geographic areas served: children's hospitals and units

Programs: a fleece blanket and inspiring video message of support.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is everything that is right about humanity! Started by a wonderful young man, I have seen firsthand how Fleece & Thank You brings smiles and hope to children in the hospital, even at their darkest time. The personalized videos that go to each patient are original and make this so much more than a blanket. And the fact that the little hospital warrior can make a video back is even more special. The majority of volunteers are young people, and their passion and dedication to helping others is a constant reminder to me of the goodness of people

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a college student at Oakland University and was able to assist them with their mission of creating comfort for kids in hospitals in Michigan. We had a day of service at my school and they were one of the service projects available to students. It was so cool and easy to be able to help out with this mission and learn a new skill as well. The staff for Fleece & Thank You were incredibly engaging and really made the passion for these kids in hospitals known.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've gone on a few blanket deliveries with the Fleece and Thank You crew! The smiles that lit up children's faces will forever be in my memories. I fully stand behind this charity and would love to get more involved. The work they do is extremely moving and words can't describe how much it helps those kids spirits!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fleece & Thank You is truly an amazing nonprofit! The whole concept of comforting children in hospitals makes volunteering fun and makes me feel like we are truly making a difference by helping these kids get through their time at a hospital with a warm blanket and video.

Donor

Rating: 5

The mission of fleece and thank you is truly special and makes such a difference in children's lives. My family bought and made blankets to donate and we got thank you responses in return! That was very touching to know someone got happiness and hope from such a simple thing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Who wouldn't want a colorful fleece blanket to cuddle with when not feeling well? But then add a personal video message to the blanket, and well its an entirely different sort of fleece blanket! Fleece and Thank You blankets one child at a time with a blanket of armor with a video of encouragement when delivering fleece blankets to children in hospitals. My experiences have been in the warehouse and at a few events. The warehouse offers a time for anyone in the community to stop in for an hour or two to help create blanket kits and to give an extra touch of TLC before the blankets are delivered to children in the hospitals. The events offer a time for anyone in the community to work for a few hours to assist school groups, corporate groups, etc., to make the fleece blankets. Then, there is the opportunity to deliver blankets to children in the hospital. I guess what I'm experiencing is that this nonprofit offers not just blankets to children, but offers opportunities for the community to work together to share a message of encouragement on a colorful fleece blanket to a child who just might need that Superhero feeling to get through another day. For me, it is a privilege to be an active volunteer for Fleece and Thank You.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about Fleece and Thank You from a friend a few years ago and I've been involved with the group ever since. Every event I've been a part of with Fleece and Thank You has helped me realize how great giving back to the community is, and how much of an impact we have on these warriors in the hospitals. I went with Bryce and Nick to deliver blankets to Sparrow Hospital, and the reactions of some of these kids when they were presented with a fleece blanket was so amazing; the fact that something as simple as making a blanket for someone can make a kids day that much better is what makes me love being a part of this organization. Every blanket made has given a kid hope and joy at a time they need it more than ever, and the support of those making the blankets helps to keep this organization going. Fleece and Thank You is an amazing organization, and I'm so proud to say they've made made a huge impact on not only my life, but those children in the hospitals lives.

Asia S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about Fleece & Thank You shortly after it began. They held an event with my sorority and I have been volunteering ever since. It is a wonderful nonprofit that I constantly brag about being a part of. I have nothing but good things to say about this organization. Every event is meaningful and the people you meet along the way are phenomenal. The leaders always have a smile on their faces. We work through problems and I feel like the familiar faces that I volunteer with are family. I love what we stand for and cannot wait to see what the future holds.

Jeffrey37

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the holiday I joined a group of two regulars on a trip to Toledo, OH where we delivered blankets to the children's hospital. As someone who doesn't normally have the time to partake in charity events, I was unsure/nervous about the upcoming experience. The experience turned out to be amazing, and filled with nothing but positivity. Fleece and Thank You really does provide some much needed color to the rooms of these 'Warriors'. Keep doing what you guys do!

Alyssa33

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every time I volunteer with Fleece and Thank You, regardless if it's an event, delivery, or working at the warehouse, I always leave with a full heart and a smile on my face. This organization and everyone involved are absolutely amazing. The work Fleece and Thank You provides leaves a lasting impact on so many children and their families and being able to witness the gratitude and appreciation from the children/families is something I could never forget. Being able to provide a warm, colorful fleece blankets to a child in the hospital not only puts a smile on their face, but it brings them a sense of connection. They get to meet the donor that made the blanket by viewing the video link that is on the patch of the blanket. This idea of connection to friends and other people is something that these children lose sometimes when they enter the hospital. The fact that Fleece and Thank You provides this experience for the children is what makes the organization unique and special.

Great people. Great organization. Great mission.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Fleece and Thank You team provides colorful fleece blankets to comfort children who are hospitalized for a period of time but also makes their deliveries with genuine enthusiasm and friendly companionship to the blanket recipients. The Fleece and Thank You team members exhibit true empathy and the competence of genuine involvement with the children. This is not a fly by night operation, they are dedicated to raising hopes and disposition of youth in an otherwise hostile environment while they receive medical care.