chrisandmarissa

The Nashville Blanket Project was created to help Nashvillians love their neighbors by providing a blanket to someone in need for every blanket sold. Originally, co-founder Marissa Barrett had a business called Novel Creature in which she made outdoor bags and accessories for women that helped fund mental health services. She had been following the organization People Loving Nashville (PLN) for quite some time, and saw that they had a recurring need for blankets. In December 2017, she decided to give people the opportunity to buy blankets, where one would be donated to PLN. When Marissa decided to hang the towel up for Novel Creature when she was experiencing back problems that made it near impossible to spend the time necessary sewing the bags or leading outdoor events, she and her husband Chris Barrett decided to focus solely on blankets.  They began sourcing authentically and ethically made blankets woven by artisans in Mexico in beautiful colors from a blend of reclaimed fibers. Using reclaimed fibers is both good for the environment and more water and odor resistant that traditional 100% wool or cotton blankets. In June 2018, they launched The Nashville Blanket Project with their first event at the 12 South Farmers Market Peach Festival selling their blankets, each one coming in a signature “Keep Nashville cozy” tote bag. The response since then has been overwhelming, and visitors and residents of Nashville alike have been incredibly supportive of their mission. They have partnered with PLN who, every Monday night, provides meals and clothing for hundreds of our homeless neighbors. When they have a large quantity of blankets ready to give out, Chris and Marissa take them to the PLN gathering at War Memorial Plaza downtown and hand them out. In their first 6 months, the Nashville Blanket Project was able to give out over 300 blankets and continues to grow. This is all thanks to the people who have supported the mission by purchasing a blanket and doing their part to “keep Nashville cozy.”.