Jill Fister knows a thing or two about getting a job done.
As a seasoned real estate agent and veteran gym instructor, she is used to gathering folks and helping them reach their goals.
This time, Fister is looking to reach a different kind of goal for a completely different audience.
In her quest to help those in need, the Discovery Bay resident is gathering blankets for the homeless -- those that will truly feel the chill of winter.
This is slightly familiar territory for Fister, who did a similar project when her daughter, Emma, was a senior at Freedom High. The project was called Quilts of Kindness, which ended up with loads of warm coverings to donate. She also did a major sock drive with a friend.
It is early in the collection, but already close to 50 blankets have been donated.
She will turn them over to Antioch's Community Outreach Center on East 18th Street.
"From there, they are distributed to needy who come for meals and fellowship," Fister said. In addition to blankets, Fister said she will take comforters and sleeping bags -- gently used or new.
She plans to collect through the spring, but encourages folks to donate sooner than later.
"Spend 15 minutes outside this evening," she said, hoping to motivate givers "to clean out their linen closets or pick up a blanket on sale while Christmas shopping."
Those interested in helping can drop their goods at Coldwell Banker Guidance Realty, 4851 Lone Tree Way in Antioch (near Staples) and at Diamond Hills Sports Club, 1510 Neroly Road in Oakley.
For more information, call 925-765-5701 or email email@example.com.
Reach Trine Gallegos at TrineG@att.net.