Spring has gone into overtime here, keeping our fall pretty mild. Cooler temperatures are on their way though and many El Pasoans need blankets.

The El Paso Extreme Weather Task Force has held an annual blanket drive for the last 3 years and this year, thanks to the pandemic, their supply is very low. (At the moment, they only have 100.) They accept blankets and monetary donations which they will use to get blankets to El Pasoans who are most at risk.

According to an El Paso Herald-Post article:

Those most at-risk for hypothermia include: elderly people with inadequate food, clothing or heating; babies sleeping in cold bedrooms; children left unattended; adults under the influence of alcohol or illicit drugs; mentally ill individuals; people who remain outdoors for long periods (the homeless, hikers, hunters, etc.) - EPHP

Blanket donations can be left at any El Paso or Horizon City fire station and those in need of a blanket can call 2-1-1. Corporate and monetary donations can be mailed to Adult Protective Services at the address below.

  • APS Silver Star Board
  • Attn: Grace Ortiz - Adult Protective Services address:
  • 401 E. Franklin, Suite 350
  • El Paso, Texas 79901

For the immediate future, the weather will remain pretty much the same as it has been over the last few weeks. Daytime highs will remain fairly comfortable but, nighttime temperatures are already low and both our days and nights will soon get even colder. Don't let these mild fall conditions fool you, winter's coming. Also, please remember to check on elderly friends, neighbors, and family regularly.