Homeless Remembrance Blanket Project seeks knitters, crocheters for event in December | Carlisle
Local advocates for the homeless are planning a project to remember those who die on the street.
The Homeless Remembrance Blanket Project, sponsored by the Charles Bruce Foundation, plans to cover Veterans Memorial Courtyard in the Carlisle Square with a blanket made up of twin- or double-sized knitted or crocheted blankets on Dec. 21.
“Once we get the blankets at the Square on the afternoon of the 21st, we will zip-tie the blankets together to cover the park, and disassemble them the next day to donate them to agencies and those in need,” said Dana Sinander, foundation board member and treasurer, in a news release announcing the project.
The event will be held on the longest night of the year, a time when advocates and agencies serving homeless people remember those who die on the street.
“If you live on the street, chances are pretty good that you’ll die on the street,” said Matthew Best, the pastor of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in New Kingstown and advocate for the homeless. “Not only that, you’re going to die a lot younger than if you were housed. As much as 30 years younger according to a study released by Sheffield University in the U.K. They pegged life expectancy for the chronically homeless at 47 years versus 77 years for people who are adequately housed.”