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Old, young hands create warm blankets for families in need

Nelson Gables, a division of Knute Nelson, and Tastefully Simple partnered recently to make blankets to be distributed to families served by Someplace Safe who are in need of comfort.

Both organizations gathered fleece fabric to be used to make tie blankets. Tastefully Simple and Knute Nelson employees and families donated all the material to be used in making the blankets.

On October 15, the Tastefully Simple Kids in the Community, along with the tenants of Nelson Gables, gathered in the Governor's Room to make these cozy blankets to be donated.

This multi-generational gathering included kids and seniors, aged 5 months to 92 years, putting the blankets together. More than 50 people made 25 blankets.

The blankets were later presented to Someplace Safe, which will distribute them to families that need a warm, comforting blanket.

"This event was very impactful," said Deb Holmgren of Tastefully Simple's Community Relations Team, "not only because the kids and seniors partnered together to help those in need but because kids worked together with the residents of Nelson Gables and shared stories with each other and learned to enjoy the company of someone from another generation and in the end had a most wonderful time together."

Holmgren said one of her favorite memories of the evening was of hands working side by side, old and young, moving in rhythm toward a common goal.

"It was so amazing to watch everyone work together - tenants of Nelson Gables working side by side with the kids," said Katie Perry, vice president of communications and development for Knute Nelson. "Each of them truly loved the experience; it was very meaningful. And it means even more to be creating a gift together that will be so greatly appreciated by families in need."

Knute Nelson and Tastefully Simple have partnered on numerous projects together in the past, Perry added, and look forward to the opportunity to work together again soon.