CLEVELAND - December 23, 2009 - Warming the Hearts, a not-for-profit charitable organization founded in 2006 by then 9-year-old Ashley Imbrogno, and insurance.com, which owns the largest independent online auto insurance agency in the U.S., spent the morning of Dec. 23 delivering fleece tie-blankets to patients and families at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House.
Warming the Hearts makes and donates hand-made fleece tie-blankets to children and adults in hospitals and senior centers. This project blossomed in 2005 when Imbrogno, now in seventh grade, created and donated her first blanket.
"During a difficult time in my own life, someone showed me a little bit of kindness," says Imbrogno. "It made such a difference; I wanted to return the favor somehow." Imbrogno was undergoing treatment for a life-threatening illness, when, in an effort to cheer her up, a fellow patient gave her a teddy bear.
Since then, her organization has raised more than $38,000 in donations and has delivered more than 3,000 blankets to organizations in Greater Cleveland like the Cleveland Clinic, Akron Children's Hospital, Lake Hospital, Metrohealth Hospital and many senior centers. All blankets are funded entirely by donations.
"Ashley's story is so inspirational, we knew we wanted to be a part of it," says Rob Klapper, insurance.com CEO. Insurance.com donated materials, and, over the course of a week, employees spent several lunch hours making blankets. "Everyone at insurance.com is proud to be involved with 'Warming the Hearts,' and to have the opportunity to ease the burden and spread a little kindness to our community during this holiday season."
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