About the nashville blanket project
The Nashville Blanket Project co-founder Marissa Barrett had a previous 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 need for blankets. In December 2017, she decided to give people the opportunity to buy blankets to be donated to PLN. Although no one ended up purchasing a blanket at that time, the desire to help meet that need persisted. A couple months after that, 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. As difficult as that decision was, she wasn’t ready to give up the idea of being a social entrepreneur. In the Spring of 2018, she, alongside her husband Chris Barrett, decided to try and do the blanket thing again, but this time focus all of their efforts into that. Chris and Marissa began brainstorming on how they would go about this, deciding that they should go the “buy one, give one” route to make a way for Nashvillians just like a them to love their neighbors in need in a very tangible way. In June 2018, they launched with their first event at the 12 South Farmers Market Peach Festival. The response since then has been overwhelming, and people 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. This is all thanks to the people who have supported the mission by purchasing a blanket.