The mission of Ben's Blankets is to create and give weighted blankets to disabled children and adults who otherwise would not be able to have one. Ben's Blankets is a nonprofit and we make free or at-cost blankets created by an unpaid volunteer workforce. The blankets handmade are made by a small team of seamstresses across the country. We make sure to use with the highest quality materials available, such as polypropylene plastic beads to weight the blankets and high quality quilting cotton.
Each blanket is custom made for each person. Whether it's their favorite cartoon character or sports team, or maybe even just their favorite pattern or colors, each blanket is specific to the person it belongs to, right down to their name embroidered on the back. The blankets are carefully crafted to the specific height and weight of the person who needs it.
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What is a weighted blanket?
A weighted blanket is an occupational therapy aid that provides sensory input and comfort as well as aiding in sleep in most individuals.Weighted blankets can provide comfort and the ability to sleep for many people with sensory disorders, autism, and developmental disabilities. They provide much needed rest for the children and adults who have these problems, but can be fairly expensive to purchase.
Blanket Care Instructions
Ben's Blankets are all machine washable. We suggest warm water on a delicate setting to keep the blanket lasting as long as possible. Front loading washing machines often don't handle larger blankets, so top loading is best. Blanket can also be machine dried, but many larger blankets should be line dried after washing. While the heat from your dryer won't hurt your Ben's Blanket, a Ben's Blanket just might hurt your dryer!
Why do you close and open your waiting list?
We close the Ben's Blankets waiting list for a few reasons. First, we have limited volunteer power. If the waiting list is above six months, often the Ben's Blanket recipient will have grown or changed in weight making the blanket created less effective. We have volunteers in four states and are doing everything we can to increase the number of selfless seamstresses in the Ben's Blankets ranks. Secondly is for financial reasons. While none of our volunteers are ever paid for their service, we do have to fundraise for material and shipping costs. Knowing how many blankets need to be made during a certain time period helps us be more efficient and serve you better.
My Ben's Blanket is too small! What now?
Awesome! We are so glad you're growing! Every Ben's Blankets recipient is eligible to request a new blanket yearly. Once you're part of the Ben's Blankets family, you don't have to worry about the waiting list being closed or open... we're already planning on supporting you!