UPDATE: StepStone agency expands collection sites for blanket effort

Until February 14, you can 'spread the love:' blankets can be dropped off at different locations around Kentucky, including a location in Paris

UPDATED POSTED 15:40 p.m. FEB. 12, 2022

RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – With temperatures dropping and winter in full swing, StepStone Family and Youth Services of Kentucky announced its “Wrapped in Love” winter blanket drive to benefit foster youth in need. StepStone will be accepting donations of new and gently used blankets from January 17, 2022, through February 14, 2022, at the following locations:

  • StepStone Family & Youth Services, 1550 Highway 15 South, Suite 270, Jackson, KY
  • StepStone Family & Youth Services, 510 Graves Ave., Suite 206, Erlanger, KY
  • Mullikin Floors & More, 6720 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria, KY
  • Priceless Flooring, 1002 Orchid Rd., Florence, KY
  • Timeless Design Inc., 627 Main St., Paris, KY
  • StepStone Family & Youth Services, 1589 Highway 15 South, Suite 270, Jackson, KY
  • Save-A-Lot, 1471 Old Kentucky 15 N, Jackson, KY
  • Dairy Queen, 198 Back Ln., Jackson, KY
  • Parkview Pharmacy, 8274 KY 122, Minnie, KY
  • StepStone Family & Youth Services, 11218 Professional Park Dr., Louisville, KY
  • StepStone Family & Youth Services, 240 Old Viking Dr., Morehead, KY
  • Root-a-Bakers, 313 Flemingsburg Rd., Morehead, KY
  • Modern Mane, 226 Morehead Plaza, Morehead, KY
  • Century 21, Advantage Realty, 226 Morehead Plaza, Morehead, KY
  • Clinic Pharmacy South, 3959 US HWY 431 S, Beechmont, KY (8:30am-5pm)
  • StepStone Family & Youth Services, 5230 KY Route 321, Suite 3B, Prestonsburg, KY
  • Blu Horizon, 561 N Lake Dr., Prestonsburg, KY
  • Rent-A-Center, 51 Glynview Plaza, Prestonsburg, KY
  • StepStone Family & Youth Services, 370 Highland Dr., Suite #1A, Richmond, KY
  • StepStone Family & Youth Services, 78 Caky Dr., Benton, KY
  • JCCB Vendors, 537 Lone Oak Rd., (Hannan Plaza), Paducah, KY
  • Sara Gipson Realty, 140 N Friendship, Paducah, KY
  • Buff City Soap, 630 N 12th St., Murray, KY
  • StepStone Family & Youth Services, 1300 Andrea St., Suite 204, Bowling Green, KY
  • Davis and Sons Body Shop, 304 Gordon Ave., Bowling Green, KY
  • StepStone Family & Youth Services, 2601 W Parrish Ave., Suite G, Owensboro, KY
  • 2nd & Charles, 2520 Calumet Trace, Owensboro, KY (9am-9pm)
  • YMCA of Owensboro, 2520 Calumet Trace, Owensboro, KY (Mon-Fri, 6am-8pm)
  • Ace Hardware, 2520 Calumet Trace, Irvington, KY, Mon-Sat, 8am-6pm
  • E-Cig Source, 2601 West Parrish Ave., Owensboro, KY (Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm; Sat, 10am-6pm)
  • Audubon Kids Zone, 1325 Powell St., Henderson, KY (Mon-Fri, 8:30am-5pm)
  • Henderson County Public Library, 101 S Main St., Henderson, KY (Tue-Fri, 9am-8pm; Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 1:30pm-5pm)
  • Humane Society of Henderson, 203 Drury Ln., Henderson, KY (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm)
  • Hometown IGA-Hartford, 1137 US-231, Hartford, KY (6am-9pm)

“At StepStone Family and Youth Services, we have the opportunity to assist some of our community’s most vulnerable children and teens as they navigate the foster care system, and we’re thankful to have the support of so many wonderful community members and partners across the state,” said Kelsey Davis with StepStone Family and Youth Services. “We invite all of our communities across the state join us in donating blankets this winter season to help the children and youth we serve feel comfortable and at home, wherever that may be.”

StepStone Family and Youth Services helps connect children in need with foster families who can provide comforting, nurturing homes. The organization has been serving Kentucky for more than 30 years and provides foster care services, counseling, respite care, training for foster parents and youth residential services. StepStone is always looking for new foster families  willing to open their hearts and homes to help children in Kentucky communities who need safe, caring living environments

StepStone Family and Youth Services has operations in nine states and is organizing blanket drives at all its locations this winter.

StepStone Family and Youth Services provides the full spectrum of support to children in need of alternative, safer and more positive living environments with residential and family services. StepStone connects children and youth who need homes with foster families, as well as foster care training, respite care and support services. For young adults transitioning from foster care to independent living, StepStone provides personalized guidance and training on basic life skills, including money management, life skills and education. For more information, please visit www.stepstoneyouth.com. Follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook.

UPDATED STORY POSTED JANUARY 21, 2022 AT 5:45 P.M.

PARIS, Ky. (WTVQ) – The gift of a blanket can really help during the wintertime, but for kids in foster care, it can mean even more. Area businesses are helping to ‘spread the love’ this Valentine’s Day by participating in a blanket drive through StepStone Family and Youth Services.

The organization is collecting blankets for Kentucky kids in foster care during its second-annual ‘Wrapped in Love’ blanket drive.

Tracy Quinn, owner of Timeless Design in Paris, says her store is participating in the blanket drive.

“Hopefully word will spread and we’ll fill this box two or three times,” said Quinn, “I think blankets is the perfect way to reach out, and hopefully we can spread a lot of love this way.”

According to the organization, the blankets not only keep kids warm, it also gives them something of their own to take with them wherever they go.

“A lot of times when children come in to foster care they often come with little to nothing. And sometimes they might leave with little. By giving them a simple gift of a blanket, it not only provides comfort, but gives them something to bring with them wherever they go,” said Lacey Ermers, StepStone Family and Youth Services Foster Parent Recruiter and Trainer.

The blankets should be new and will be distributed to kids in foster care throughout Kentucky.

Drop-off locations:

Mullikin Floors & More

Address: 6720 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria, KY 41001

Hours: Mon-Fri 10a.m. to 6pm

Timeless Designs

Address: 627 Main St, Paris, KY 40361 ·

Hours: Tues-Sat 10a.m. to 4pm

Erlanger StepStone Office

Address: 510 Graves Ave, Suite 206, Erlanger, KY 41018

Hours: Vary (typically 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) A box is outside of the office for blanket drop-off.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED JANUARY 21, 2022 AT 9:47 A.M.
PARIS, Ky. (WTVQ) – An agency that works with foster children and families is asking the community to donate blankets for foster kids.
StepStone Family and Youth Services specializes in strengthening homes and supporting families. It connects children and youth who need foster care to the right foster parents.
It has boxes out in the community, collecting blankets for foster youth. Look for the big red box at these local businesses and bring in new blankets for the youth in foster care. All blankets collected will go to a foster youth in care.
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