The University of Minnesota has partnered with local SUBWAY restaurants and the Bloomington-based non-profit organization Bridging to participate in the SUBWAY Bring a Blanket campaign at the men's hockey game at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 against Minnesota State.
Now in its ninth year, the SUBWAY Bring a Blanket program is the primary way Bridging secures blankets for distribution to the nearly 5,000 local families it serves each year.
SUBWAY representatives will be at both entrances to Mariucci Arena collecting blankets. Fans who wish to contribute are asked to bring new or gently used, clean blankets to the game. In return, the first 600 fans that bring a blanket will receive a coupon for a free, regular six-inch SUBWAY sandwich redeemable at participating locations (one free regular six-inch sandwich per person, regardless of the number of blankets donated). Coupons are not able to be redeemed in Mariucci Arena.
Bridging gives away more than 7,000 beds annually, but are always short of blankets to accompany them. They are especially in need of blankets that fit full and queen size beds.
Bridging's mission is to provide families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty with a one-time gift of quality furniture and household goods to stabilize and improve lives while effectively using community resources. Since 1987, Bridging has fulfilled this mission for 57,000 households. By accepting quality, gently used furniture and household goods, Bridging helps reduce landfill space by millions of pounds. To learn more visit www.bridging.org.
The SUBWAY Bring a Blanket program was developed in 2002 by local SUBWAY restaurants to address the need of families to stay warm. In the past eight years, the SUBWAY Bring A Blanket collection has secured more than 56,500 blankets which were redistributed to people in need.