Girl Up, People Serving People partner to provide blankets

April 28, 2023


Cleo Kilpatrick

Hunter Simon ‘26 starts working on a tie blanket. By the end of the event, Girl Up finished five blankets that were donated to People Serving People.

On Friday, April 21, Girl Up hosted their blanket tying and snack fundraiser. For this event, members of Girl Up and the community came together, tied blankets, and watched “Hidden Figures”. 

The movie is about three African American women at NASA, Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, mathematicians who served a vital role in the early years of the U.S. space program. 

Co-chair Michelle Elliot ‘25 explained the main goal of the event was, “to have a good time and see how [the] media can really teach us different ways and inspire us as Girl Up members to just be leaders in our own capacity.” 

Along with the goal of creating community, the club was tying blankets for People Serving People, a homeless shelter in Minneapolis. 

As a committee Girl Up aims to, Elliot explained, “We try to keep this theme of empowerment of women, inside the Blake community and outside the Blake community through fundraising mainly. And supporting partner organizations.” Another important part Elliot pointed out was, anyone can be a part of Girl Up. You don’t have to identify as a girl to be a part of the event or club.

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