Freedom From Pain Blanket Project

Hi everyone,

Arianne here,

I'm continuing my endeavor to raising money  so I might continue THE FREEDOM FROM PAIN BLANKET PROJECT.

This project started as a way to create a tangible representation of the lives that have been touched by having needed medicines taken away. Included in the beginning of this project were two blankets made of individual squares representing those who have tragically lost their lives, figuratively and literally, due to the injustice of people who are being denied needed care and medicines for serious health issues. The first two blankets were accompanied by a plaque with the initials of all those  who wanted to be included due to their own experience or because they lost someone to the opioid hysteria that has gripped our nation.

The memorial blankets with plaques have made it to protests and I've included them in other advocacy efforts. With COVID-19, in person protests have changed advocacy efforts for the moment and I'm adjusting the project as well.

The project has morphed primarily into me making handmade blankets and doing a yearly blanket giveaway to people in the pain/chronic illness community.

I am located on the West Coast but I continue to network with people all over the country to try to affect change through E Advocacv, contacting government representatives, and raising awareness through social media, doing radio interviews, writing articles, etc.

Monies collected for the fundraiser will help me buy supplies for blankets, cover costs that go along with advocacy efforts, and help supplement for the time dedicated to making blankets for this project.

Proceeds will also be used to donate and help advocacy groups when possible.

Your help is greatly appreciated in this endeavor and every donation will help keep this project going.

Every blanket is made with love. One blanket can take well over 100 hours to create. The handmade blankets I create are heirloom quality and will last for decades to come with proper care, while hopefully bringing  a little comfort to those living with conditions that make life a challenge that few can comprehend.

Thanks to all of you who have donated and supported me in this effort thus far. Hopefully, I can keep this going.

The pain/chronic illness community is comprised of some of the strongest, most empathetic people I have the pleasure of getting to know.


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Arianne Grand-Gassaway
Mariposa, CA

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