Monday, December 24, 2012

Selecting wool blankets for Homeless Shelters

Many homeless shelters are grateful to receive wool blankets for their clients.

Customers often call Northwest Woolen Mills and ask me what wool blankets are recommended for homeless shelters. 

If you aren't familiar with the homeless shelter, giving them a call is a great start. Ask if they support people living on the street or if they house clients overnight.

In either case, the best relief blanket should have a minimum of 30% wool.  Wool is a natural fiber, holding in body heat during cold weather, yet allowing perspiration to evaporate in both cold and warm temperatures.  Wool blankets also maintain their thermal properties even when wet.

Non-woven wool blankets being distributed at a shelter in Florida

For people living on the street, an inexpensive "non-woven" blanket is an economical choice.  Non-woven means the wool and other fibers are intertwined to make a felt type humanitarian blanket.  These wool blankets are warm and fluffy, keeping the user comfortable.  They are generally not very "pretty", which is a good choice for street living because they will not get stolen from the user.

For homeless shelters that house clients overnight, a "loom-woven" wool blanket is preferred.  This is because the shelter will be washing the wool blankets regularly.  Loom woven wool blankets are durable and long-lasting.

I hope this information is useful in making a decision about which wool blankets to purchase.  Thank you for helping others in need.

Northwest Woolen Mills


  1. HI Paulette
    I am interested in your blankets. It is cold in MI and many homeless families could use one of your blankets. Please call me so we can discuss it. (269) 779-5572

    1. Thanks for your inquiry.
      It looks like your organization does great work!
      I’m not sure what type of blanket you’re looking for, but I would recommend:
      #5309 Humanitarian
      30% wool 62 x 80 2.25 lbs
      Grey, naturally flame retardant.
      Packed 30 per bale.
      $5.90 each blanket/ $177.00 per bale.
      The most cost effective quantity to order is 4 bales (120 blankets) since we put 4 bales on each pallet.
      The pallets can be double stacked, so to get the most bang for your shipping dollar, getting two pallets (240 blankets) is the absolute best method.
      We would get the best shipping rate going to Portage MI.
      So, once you decide how many blankets to get, I can get a freight rate.
      I did send you separate email, and we can work out the details!