Jack Morrow coordinated the purchase of fabric for and the construction of the blankets which were donated to families at the St. Anthony Family Shelter. (Courtesy photo)

Eagle Scout candidate coordinates donation of over 100 blankets
Jack Morrow is the reason many families at Catholic Charities’ St. Anthony Family Shelter are a little warmer this winter.
Morrow, a Bishop Carroll Catholic High School junior working towards his Eagle Scout rank, and dozens of members of his parish made 105 blankets and recently donated them to families at the emergency shelter. Morrow spearheaded the effort along with members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’s Boy Scout Troop 726 to organize the production of fleece blankets.
The scout collected money to buy the blanket materials by soliciting funds from local parishes. He then used specials and coupons to get 70 percent off of the regular price of the tie-style blanket kits. It took 127 hours for Morrow and 45 others to produce 105 blankets.
Originally, Morrow had considered a food drive, but when he explored his options he thought making blankets would be helpful for anyone.
“I thought homeless families could use the blankets because they might not have had adequate heat where they were living,” he said.
Matt Lowe, supervisor at St. Anthony Family Shelter said he was amazed at Morrow’s leadership skills as he organized the activity around the cause. “It always encourages me when I experience the generosity of young people,” he said.
Lowe said there has been joy on the children’s faces as they pick out blankets they can call their own. “Jack’s blanket drive made a huge difference in the lives of our families.”
Morrow said anyone can undertake a project like his as long as he or she is willing to set achievable goals. “If you have an idea and are just willing to invest in some materials, you can really do something helpful for others.”
Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouts. Only 4 percent of Boy Scouts are granted the rank after a lengthy review process.