The Penny's Purpose was established in 2019 by April Soulak-Andrews, to honor the memory of her mother, Penny Soulak. Penny lived a life of giving, even when she did not have enough. That's where The Penny's Purpose mission is derived from, "Learn to give, even when blessed with less."
When Penny was in hospice, she received many blankets. Those blankets provided her with warmth and comfort. After Penny's passing, April was home and feeling a chill. She asked her husband, Bob, to hand her a blanket. He covered her with one that belonged to Penny, a pink one, one that had now provided each of them with warmth and comfort. At that moment, April knew what she had to do. She took her mother's love for blankets along with her generosity toward people and animals and started The Penny's Purpose.
The first donation drive The Penny's Purpose organized was during the holiday season of 2019. We expected to collect 50-100 blankets, but when all was said and done, we collected almost 600 blankets! Just as Penny often donated to PADS, Midwest Veteran's Closet and Reach Rescue, we did the same.
Blankets were also donated to hospice care centers and senior living facilities. The Penny's Purpose also received blankets from donors throughout the year that were used to provide warmth and comfort to those in need in our community.
Making and collecting blankets are not the only activities The Penny's Purpose participates in. They also partner with local groups to support their donation drives. In 2020, we collected donations of school supplies for a drive hosted by The Antioch Traveling Closet. We also worked with Fill a Heart for Kids to collect personal items for homeless teens in the area.
We also donated baskets filled with blankets and goodies to local seniors for Easter and Mothers Day with the help of Antioch Township.
The Penny's Purpose is always looking forward to continuing to honor Penny by giving back to the community,
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A year later, April established The Penny's Purpose Board of Directors, a group of local people who care deeply about helping others within their community. Board members make handmade blankets throughout the year to have at the ready as well as encourage their friends and family to make blankets to donate to the cause. Members also attend donation drives to network with the community and spread the word about upcoming events. April and her board meet monthly to discuss how they can support not only their community but others as well.