Hundreds turn out to make blankets for Spokane's homeless

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - In what has become an 11-year tradition for Central Valley High School, hundreds of students, staff, friends and family members turned out to make fleece blankets for the homeless. 

The event is organized by the Central Valley High School Key Club, and the blankets are donated to Blessings Under the Bridge, Sally's House and other Spokane Valley families in need. 

Over its 11-year history, over 3000 blankets have been donated to the less fortunate. 

"We see their struggle and we want to help them out in any way possible," said Key Club officer Michaela Laabs. 

The club accepts fleece donations leading up to the event and then the fleece blankets are cut, tied and folded during a two and half hour blanket making session in the school's cafeteria. 

Laabs said that this year they had been worrying about the amount of donations they had received leading up to the event, but that tons of people had brought in donations the night of, and it was looking like it might be one of the best years yet. 

"It is beyond new, it is something that is made with love and its going to make them feel special and blessed," said Jessica Kovac, Blessings Under the Bridge founder. "One of these blankets might be a homeless person's only Christmas gift, so this is huge."

Blanket-makers made over 400 blankets during this year.