Group Donates Blankets to Cedar Rapids Homeless

By Forrest Saunders, Reporter


By Forrest Saunders

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - With his entourage of shopping carts close at hand, it certainly looked like Tony Nucaro was doing serious Christmas shopping, Wednesday. Think again. There was only one thing on his list.

"What's the best deal on blankets?" Nucaro asked a Sam’s Club store attendant.

Nucaro, his wife, and friends were buying them by the cart load.

"We're going to buy at least 100 today," said Nucaro.

They were clearing out store shelves for a good cause. Blankets were going to homeless in the Cedar Rapids area.

"Every single night we're going to the shelters and offering them blankets, and driving under bridges and seeing if anybody needs anything," said Nucaro.

Nucaro said their group has been doing the donating each night since Saturday, when they came up with the idea at church.

"It's cold outside. It's very cold outside. They can put it on their heads. They can carry it with them. Or they can cuddle in it. There are families out there with children that have nothing," said Tina Hansen, who first thought of donating the blankets.

So far, the group estimates they've bought and handed out about 200 blankets. Local homeless shelters said the help is appreciated.

"People in Cedar Rapids are very generous, and they have been very generous at Willis Dady," said Martha Carter with the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter.

Nucaro said the group has taken to the internet collect monetary donations, which will go toward the purchase of more blankets.

"We're going to keep going until we either run out of funding, or run out of need. I don't think the latter is going to happen in this weather," said Nucaro.

Check out the group's website here:

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