Polymer Group Inc.’s Chicopee division has donated a truckload of blankets for victims of Hurricane Katrina and other emergencies. Designed to protect victims from sun, water and wind, the two-sided blankets are made of a new type of lighter weight nonwoven material. Humanitarian agency Church World Service has already shipped more than 20,000 blankets to the Gulf States for distribution at shelters housing displaced persons and plans to ship thousands more.
Made from a nonwoven material instead of traditionally-used heavy wool, the quilted blankets have a non-absorbent backing fabric on one side that provides a barrier from moisture, sand and debris; and a soft-facing fabric on the reverse side for comfort.
“These blankets are specially designed to protect victims like those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, who have left their homes and are exposed to the rain and sitting in wet areas for long periods of time,” said Cliff Bridges, director of marketing, retail and specialty products for PGI.