Frigid temperatures don't deter Salinans from participating in blanket drive
Doing good in Salina on Saturday morning involved a lot of exposure to bitter cold.
In Walmart’s parking lot at 2900 S. Ninth, a small but hardy group of volunteers asked shoppers to contribute blankets, and others sought donated toys. The high temperature Saturday was about 10 degrees, with a 20 to 30 mph wind that blew powdery snow around, adding to the chill. By afternoon, the fine snow was beginning to accumulate.
The frigid temperatures seemed to underscore the need for the blanket drive that Tammie McArthur, senior clinical liaison for Accessible Home Care, said she has helped organize for four years.
She said employees from several agencies were working together to collect the blankets, which would be donated to the Salina Regional Health Center emergency and pediatrics departments, the Tammy Walker Cancer Center, Ashby House among other recipients.
Mandy McIntire, an Eaglecrest employee, said volunteers who periodically needed to warm up would take donated money into the store and buy blankets to add to the stash growing in the bed of a nearby pickup truck.
“There’s a very big need,” said McArthur, who stood with Terrence Lowe, running back for the Salina Liberty football team, who held a sign advertising the cause.
“I think it’s 10 degrees, and with the wind chill, it feels like single-digit, but I came prepared,” said Lowe, who wore an insulated jumpsuit and heavy gloves. “If there were snow drifts, I don’t think I’d be out here.”