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