It takes only one person to start a movement. That’s what Madison Murchak, a WESCO trade show specialist, is accomplishing. In 2015, she took her passion for supporting our military and combined it with another passion (and talent) for making fleece blankets. The result was Fleece Connection, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit.
Murchak founded the organization after feeling a strong desire to honor those who serve our country.
“I was inspired to do something to help our service men and women,” said Murchak. “Making the blankets is one way we can help them feel a little more comfortable when they need it.”
Since last November, more than 100 blankets have been donated to current and former military members around Pittsburgh. Now the goal is to go national. In recent months, Murchak has extended her good will to troops in Washington, D.C.
As Fleece Connection rapidly expands, many people are eager to help. On March 15, more than two dozen members of WESCO’s Pittsburgh Women’s Network volunteered to support the organization. In one evening, they made 22 blankets that will be presented to service members next month at the Luke’s Wings Annual Gala in D.C.
Murchak will be there to see her generosity come full circle.
“I love seeing their reactions,” she said. “The appreciation they feel from such a simple gesture is absolutely priceless.”