Community Comes Together to Keep Jackson County Warm

It’s hard to believe in a few short months, winter will be here! The Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a cold winter with more than average snow fall for the upcoming season. Having a warm fuzzy blanket or proper winter ware, such as hats, scarves and gloves, will help keep the children warm and protected while waiting at a bus stop or even when out sledding on those chilly snow days!

The collection of new hats and gloves will run in tandem with the Jackson County United Way’s (JCUW) blanket drive. Students in several Brownstown and Seymour High School classes have already begun collecting blankets and will continue through Dec 15, 2017; since the blanket drive began approximately 3,000 blankets have been donated to the Sertoma Christmas Miracle and distributed to families in need on Christmas Eve. 

Robin Perry, Brownstown High School DECA sponsor, shared the Brownstown students have always been pleased to collect blankets for Sertoma, donating thousands over the years.  Students enjoy donating the blankets, creating displays out of the blankets with their classmates in their classroom and they enjoy the competition element as well. “DECA uses the blanket drive for some of their community service goals so it is very important to us as well.  We always say, “Giving the blankets warms two people:  the heart of the giver and the one receiving the blanket," said Perry. 

This year Anytime Fitness will be adding another layer of warmth to the drive by collecting hats, gloves and scarves. Meghan Bartells contacted the United Way to find how they could serve the community. “Anytime Fitness thrives knowing that as a club, through our members and staff, we can provide outreach events that allow us to help those in the community.” Bartells continues “We have been so greatly blessed as a company and it is one of our main goals to give back to those in need. Anytime Fitness was extremely excited when we were presented with another opportunity to help others in Jackson County; we are excited to help keep those around us warm this winter and Holiday season.”

When John Fox, Sertoma representative, was asked about why the drive matters he said, “The hat, scarves, gloves and blanket part of Sertoma Christmas Miracle is, to me, a wonderful benefit to the underprivileged kids in the Jackson County Community.  It’s hard to play with your toys when your hands are too cold.” Fox added “The blanket drive involves yet another age group, high school students, in Christmas Miracle, and in a fun and competitive way.  The students will create displays with the blankets and we furnish judges for the competition, and I know that the Sertoma members who serve as judges enjoy the competition immensely.”

Fox shares how families can apply for the Sertoma Christmas Miracle. “Families who want to apply to Christmas Miracle can obtain an application at the Jackson County United Way, Seymour Branch of the Jackson County Public Library, many of the member agencies of the United Way, the Jackson County Health Department, Bundy Brothers in Medora, and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department during business hours.  Sertoma Christmas Miracle serves only residents of Jackson County.”

For more information on how you can participate in keeping Jackson County warm, contact the Jackson County United Way at 522.5450 or