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The Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church started an annual Blanket Sunday offering in 1998 for a Church World Service (CWS) program.

Since then, the congregation has donated a total of $50,000.

Based in New York City, the ecumenical faith-based organization transforms communities around the globe by responding to hunger, poverty and disaster.

Its blanket program provides thousands of blankets to victims of natural disasters, homeless and refugees in the United States and around the world.

The blankets are often an individual’s only protection from the weather. They can used as a carry-all in which a homeless family can gather a few possessions and can provide privacy within a refugee camp.

CWS leaders met May 30 with the local committee to express appreciation for the continued support for the program. Barbara and Gary Oakeson head the blanket drive committee.