EMPLOYEE-DRIVEN BLANKET DRIVE BRINGS WARMTH TO HOMELESS Plus, RT Provides Shuttle for Winter Sanctuary Program

December 13, 2016 RT News
CONTACT: Susan Bitar DATE: December 13, 2016
OFFICE: 916-556-0300 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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SACRAMENTO, CA – It just took one Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) employee who purchased survival blankets for the homeless to encourage another employee to do the same, and the next thing you know, a shipment of 175 blankets is on the way.

RT Transportation Supervisor David Sullivan is the person who got the effort started. Since he placed his order, other RT employees reached out to him saying they would like to contribute as well. Word spread quickly throughout the transit agency, and the idea to “warm the hands and hearts of others” was born.

“It’s really heartwarming to see employees’ initiative to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Henry Li, RT General Manager/CEO. “Never underestimate the power of an idea, especially a good one!”

Working with First Step Communities, RT provides a daily, round-trip shuttle service for Sacramento County’s Winter Sanctuary Program where guests are transported to and from churches that can provide a hot meal and a safe place to sleep for the night. The RT shuttle picks up approximately 65-70 guests each day from three locations (Carmichael, Loaves and Fishes and Oak Park) in the afternoon, and takes them to a participating church. In the morning, the RT shuttle transports guests from the church to a partnering community service organization.

“RT has been a good partner because transporting so many guests can be complicated,” said Steve Watters, First Step Communities Executive Director and Winter Sanctuary Program Director. “Many guests wrap themselves in the blankets because they don’t have enough warm clothes, so the blankets will be an appropriate and appreciated donation.”

Sullivan plans to have blankets available on the RT shuttle. He will make a second order of blankets on December 16 since there were so many more employees who wanted to contribute. Blankets can be ordered online for $4.99 each (http://www.survivalmetrics.com/store/Item/id-heatsheet-two-person-blanket-space-dry-flex).

About Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT)
RT operates approximately 69 fixed routes and 43 miles of light rail that covers a 418 square-mile service area. Buses and light rail trains operate 365 days a year. RT’s entire bus and light rail system is accessible to the disabled community.