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Blanket project a heartwarming hit

By January 5, 2023No Comments
Lloydminster resident Trish Domes was all smiles as she posed with the 170-plus blankets she collected to be given to local seniors prior to Christmas. Supplied Photo


Over 170 Lloydminster and area seniors had a heartwarming surprise this Christmas in the form of a new blanket.

The Blanket Buddy Project was the brainchild of Lloyd resident Trish Domes, who originally set out to collect blankets to supply each resident at one local long-term care facility with a Christmas blanket. That plan quickly snowballed, and by early November, the new plan was to collect blankets for 170 residents in three different facilities.

“This was a huge success and I’m excited to share the project met its goal, and then some,” said Domes on Tuesday.

“Every resident at the Dr. Cooke, the Jubilee, and the Lloydminster Continuing Care received a blanket, and beyond that. I was also able to gift residents at the Islay Healthcare Centre as well.

“The generosity from the people of Lloydminster was incredible. It all started with a vision of wanting to spread love, connection, and joy in the community, and that is exactly what happened.”

For Domes, not only was the generosity of those donating blankets heartwarming, but the experience of actually delivering blankets was one she won’t soon forget.

“The residents were so grateful and so pleased,” she said. “The looks on their faces were priceless; it just made their day. There were smiles, hugs, and tears of joy from the residents. 

“It’s so rewarding how an act of kindness can bring so much joy to someone.”

Domes also explained some of the residents had family members visiting who also got to share in the excitement.

“You never know what next year may bring, but I am definitely open to any opportunities that come my way.”