The Children’s Security Blanket was founded in 2001. The first year, various needs were met for four families of children coping with cancer treatments. The next year, that number doubled to eight families.
When a child diagnosed with cancer became part of our family, we presented them with a carefully chosen blanket,so that they literally felt “wrapped in hope and love” while undergoing treatment. This gesture became a custom that we still do today.
Over the years, The Children’s Security Blanket began to take on a family-to-family legacy. Families began to support each other and the children—many having lost their hair—could meet peers on common ground.
Trinity United Methodist Church was the first organization to open their hearts and facilities to provide support. Other needed local support was provided by social workers and grief counselors from Duke Hospital.
Today, foundations and many individuals collaborate with The Children’s Security Blanket as partners. Our first partner was the Spartanburg Breakfast Optimist Club. The Spartanburg County Foundation and The United Way are also supporters.
In 2002, out of four thousand entries, Optimist International awarded for “Serving the Youth in a Community” to The Children’s Security Blanket.
Fourteen years later, thanks to our corporate donors, individual contributors, business partners and tireless volunteers, the number of families we serve has grown to over seventy. As the population grows in the Spartanburg community, so grows the need for The Children’s Security Blanket.
The Board, our volunteers, and the families of The Children’s Security Blanket, we value your loving support!