Blanketing Terre Haute

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Services & Programs (MSP)

The Multicultural Services and Programs (MSP) office of Indiana State University (ISU) completed another signature event this year with the help of ISU and Terre Haute community partners. Our office strives to be a model for inclusive excellence, while promoting a strong foundation of community, and working to provide programming with the intention to enhance intercultural knowledge. We stand for and work with all Indiana State students and the surrounding community. The goal of this year’s annual signature event was meant to make an impact within the Terre Haute community.

Indiana winters can be somewhat intolerable and brutal at times, which is a problem for those who face trouble finding warmth and security. It was determined that our 2017-18 Signature Event would be the creation of fleece tie blankets. This initiative was shaped by Mary Fisher, Student Lead. Ms. Fisher contacted community organizations to determine if there was an actual need. To our delight, we received requests for close to 1,200 blankets. MSP sponsored this event, but we asked for assistance from the University and Terre Haute community in order to successfully meet our goal. We luckily received fleece donations from Jean Akers (ISU), Cindy Perkins (Texas Roadhouse), and Wabash Valley Fabrics. Without their assistance, our task would have been much harder to accomplish.

Going into this project, we understood that we would not be able to meet the 1,200 blanket request; but we hoped to give each requesting organization a supply of fleece blankets. Our initial goal was to create and deliver a minimum of 10 blankets to at least 10 organizations that expressed a need.

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Students, faculty and staff came to aid to create over 120 fleece tie blankets. The MSP staff spent weeks on cutting the fleece to ensure that each blanket would meet the needs of adult and child recipients. Dozens of students donated their time to tie fleece blankets. Our greatest community partners was the ARC Indiana. The ARC staff answered the call for volunteers. We thank ARC’s President, Marlene Lu; and staffers: Bekki Garthwaitte, Jessica Woolum, and Kim Knoblock. They alone tied over 40 blankets.

Due to the help of these exceptional individuals we were able to deliver 130 blankets and 100 fleece scarfs. The scarves were made from scarp fleece left over. Smart move!

Some of the organizations that received fleece tie blankets were:

ISU Public Safety
Honey Creek Fire
14th and Chestnut
Meadows Manor North
Kindred Traditional Care and Rehabilitation
Harrison Crossing
Signature Health Center
Wyndmoor Senior Living
Salvation Army
Westminister Village
St. Patricks
Light House Mission
Deborah House

As the year ends, we are looking for our 2018-2019 Signature Event. If you have any suggestions, please let us know by emailing the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs at

Thanks again and stay tuned for next year’s event.


Dr. Elonda Ervin
Executive Director
Multicultural Services and Programs
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809

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