A company that cares
Helping other businesses and inspiring others to do great things
Darren Osborne, CHFI Radio
Started in 2014, Founder Alesse Antonik also the owner of Gifts for Every Reason, decided to start crocheting lap blankets for seniors and hand them out to local senior homes in the Durham area.
She focused on those seniors who do not have family who visit them often, seniors with Dementia, Alzheimer's, in long term care, seniors with low income and even in hospice. A lap blanket is the perfect size when sitting in a chair or couch to keep the chill out.
Alesse started by purchasing yarn from local thrift stores and bidding sites. The program grew so fast that she has had to ask for help from the community to make the blankets and help donate leftover yarn.
The feedback from seniors, people dontating yarn and those helping make the blankets has been overwhelming. So many tears, hugs and smiles were shared amongst those who donated items as well as those who received items.
With the help of the community, Alesse has handed out over 20,000 crochet and knitted blankets, fidget blankets, stuffed dolls and animals.
"The program has touched so many lives and I am truly blessed to have been a part of the program and meet so many people in the community."
A few more Events...
Food Truck Frenzy with 25 Volunteer Teens and MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes
Plush for Seniors - distributing gently used plush toys and dolls to seniors homes.
Local Park Clean up
Hart of Business - Adopt a Park program
Hart of Business Pumpkin Give-a-way Event
Helping release fish at the Whitby Marina with councillor Lorne Coe and Mayor Pat Perkins