67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela celebrates his Centennial Birthday with Donations at the Capital 

The cold weather seemed to cooperate on Dec 5th 2017 as 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day commemorated the 4th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s passing. As part of the celebration of Nelson Mandela’s legacy at the South African Embassy in Washington DC, 67 Blankets presented 67 scarves to the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center, operated by Catholic Charities of Baltimore. Hundreds of scarves were collected for distribution.

After the ceremony, hundreds of scarves were donated to the Open Door Women’s Shelter in Washington DC. Hundreds more hung from railings surrounding the New York Avenue Group Home Shelter in Washington DC, where residents were invited to help themselves to the colorful handmade scarves. It was very rewarding to be able to share these scarves with our neighbors that are experiencing homelessness in the Nation’s Capital. To see more about the event, visit the www.catholiccharities-md.org.

2018 is the Nelson Mandela Centennial year and July 18 would have marked Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday! The South African Headquarters of 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day will mark the Centennial by making the largest portrait blanket in the world. The goal is to create the most effective depiction of Nelson Mandela’s face. Each blanket, measuring 160cmx160cm is a single pixel (that’s 1764 blankets), making the Nelson Mandela image only visible from the sky. The Massive Mandela Masterpiece #MMM will be displayed on April 24, 2018 (to mark 24 years of democracy). The #MMM will then be dismantled and distributed in South Africa.

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day in the US will honor his legacy by donating sets of 100 handmade blankets to charities in the US that serve members of the community in need. Nelson Mandela said “It’s in YOUR hands to make our world a better place”. The United Nations declared the 18th of July Nelson Mandela International Day, giving the world an opportunity to participate in the goodness and undying strength of humanity. It is now literally in OUR Hands to change our world for the better. Nelson Mandela’s message still rings loud and clear. Pease join us in this celebration by making a blanket or squares (to be joined into blankets). Let’s make some history right here and honor Nelson Mandela while we help our neighbors!!  Spread the word and be part of the fun! ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

For more information on how you can help, email Veronica. Or follow us on Facebook at 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela – Maryland67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela – Washington DC, 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela (USA – East Coast).

Blanket sizes:
Small: 36x36” Medium Size: 50×40″ Large Size: 50×70″ Single Square: 10×10″

Send completed Blankets/Squares to:
67 Blankets, 4321 Pleasant Path, Ellicott City MD 21043

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Share the Love! Free Hats for Charity eBook

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