- Nick Fiorito could not help thinking about a homeless man he used to see on his way to work one freezing winter night
- Although he has always promised to do something to help the man, he has not done anything yet, so that night, he started a GoFundMe page to raise money for blankets
- A venture capitalist saw their efforts and decided to help them build what is now known as Blankets of Hope
One freezing winter night in New York, Nick Fiorito could not sleep. He sees the image of a homeless man on his way to work every day. He has always promised himself that he would do something to help the man, but he never did. At 2 a.m., he said he decided to finally fulfill his promise and so he wrote a GoFundMe page to raise money to buy blankets.
The following morning, he told his brother Mike about the page and asked if he would be willing to join him. He was hesitant and he has a reason to be. Just a few months ago, they quit their regular jobs because they felt unfulfilled. Despite this, Mike still said yes and they were able to give out a hundred blankets with handwritten notes to homeless people.
This is the story of how brothers Nick and Mike started Blankets of Hope, and the story should have ended there because they did not have the means to go on with the project. But two days later, they received an e-mail that forever changed their lives.
“We got an e-mail from a venture capitalist. His e-mail said ‘Donation to Mike and Nick. Saw your Blankets of Hope video on Facebook. I love what you guys are doing. I want to offer you financial support and mentorship.’ We looked him up and he’s an investor in Netflix, Snapchat, and Twitter,” Mike shared.
Three years later, Blankets of Hope continues to give warmth to homeless people in New York. The brothers have also partnered with a school so that each blanket would come with a handwritten note.
“People really appreciate the practicality of the warmth, [but] they also appreciate the human connection that they so desperately crave,” Mike said.
Their website says they aim to give out 1 million blankets by 2025 and you can help them reach this goal by visiting their website.