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About Berkshire Blanket

From our old textile mill in rural Massachusetts, our team of designers develop blankets, throws, decorative pillows, sheets and gifts that are both innovative and classic. Our claims to fame include revolutionary Serasoft(r) fabric, and Cuddly Buddies(r) wearable, hooded, animal blankets and matching toss pillows. We take this blanket business pretty seriously. From luxury, fashion throws to practical, easy-care bedding, we're go-to people for bed blankets, throw blankets, and similar home textiles.

A pink ribbon throw that does more than comfort

Pink Ribbon Throw - the gift that gives twice from Berkshire BlanketIt’s a sobering reality: breast cancer is something that has touched or will touch nearly all of us.  According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 women in the US will develop breast cancer during their lifetime.

We’ve been personally affected by this at Berkshire Blanket and wanted to do whatever we could to help.  It started with Bobbi:

“My name is Bobbi and I have worked for Berkshire Blanket for 11 years. In February of 2011 I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. As many of you may know this kind of news changes your entire life, little did I know how much this disease would take over my life. Over the next year I went through months of chemotherapy, then surgery and finally radiation. In June of 2012 I was told I was a miracle patient and cancer free, you can just imagine how elated I was. Unfortunately, this was short lived–in December I awoke to a badly swollen arm. After much testing it was found I had developed a blood clot – the cancer had returned and so my journey is not over. During all this time I have been able to continue working at Berkshire with the support of all my co-workers, as well as the company. This has certainly helped to give me the strength to carry on, as I have learned no one can do it alone.  I am so honored that Berkshire Blanket is now going to have a pink ribbon throw to show their continued support in my battle and to honor all who have fought this disease.”

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, we’ve designed a new Pink Ribbon Throw. Not only does this provide physical comfort and a show of support, it also does so much more–we’re donating all profits from the sale of this throw to support cancer research. The specially selected price of $28 commemorates the 28th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Of course, while Bobbi was our initial inspiration in designing the Pink Ribbon Throw, she is far from alone in her struggle.  We started sharing her story with our family and friends and were touched that others wanted to share their stories with us too.

Donna - breast cancer survivor

Donna benefited from years of cancer research

From Donna: “When I was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer, 9 years ago, at age 36, I did not know what “stage three” meant.  My doctor told me that with stage three we will talk about your chances for survival; with stage four we discuss quantity and quality of life…  I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in the last testing stage for Herceptin, which was a new chemotherapy drug.  After a year of chemotherapies, surgeries and radiation, I looked back and realized how incredibly lucky I am to have received the benefit of years of cancer research.  I know that with the combined effort of medical research and doctors, friends, community, and the loving support of my family, 9 years later I am still here thanking God for the joys of my life.”

Laurie - breast cancer survivor

Laurie (center) is the first in her family to become a breast cancer survivor

Laurie (center) was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 44 and is a survivor. She is surrounded by her sisters Susan and Linda. These women have lost their Mother, their sister Gail, and their aunt to breast cancer. Thanks to educational awareness, early detection and medical advances Laurie is the first woman in her family to become a survivor after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

We hope that our new throw will serve as a way to raise awareness, support patients and survivors, and provide comfort at a time that it can be hard to come by.  We know that by donating all of the profits from these throws to cancer research, we’ll be able to make a positive impact for all of the Bobbis, Donnas, and Lauries out there.

If you’ve been affected by cancer and would like to share your story, we invite you to comment below. What was your experience? What brought you comfort?

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Mink Blanket spotted at New Resort Hotel

Friends of my mine just stayed at the newest, hottest resort in Atlantic City.

Mink Blanket at swanky hotel
In the closet, they found a Berkshire Blanket “Mink Blanket with Satin Binding!”  It’s one our most luxuriously smooth blankets. Berkshire Hospitality, our branch that services the hospitality industry, is proud to be the supplier for these hot new properties.

The Jersey Shore just got whole lot classier. I get to say that, as a Jersey girl!

– Mei

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The Down Side of Spring

Spring is here and while I am more than ready for the warm weather, it is always bittersweet for me. The first reason for this apprehension is that I work at a blanket company so warm weather does not exactly do wonders for blanket sales. Granted, blankets and throws are used year round but Spring and Summer temperatures do not necessarily evoke strong desires to go and purchase these particular items!

My main reason for this post is on a more personal level, and is to admit that I am already experiencing fleece sheet withdrawal. I treat myself to a new set of Berkshire Blanket Microfleece Sheets almost year, around August or September, and put them on my bed as soon as we get the first chilly night in early fall. From that point on and throughout the long, cold Winter, I rotate between the sets that I have, never going a night without their comforting coziness.

This year, I kept them on until we had a spell of 80 degree weather in March –usually they stay on until at least mid April. If it was completely up to me they would stay on all year, and this would be entirely possible in an air conditioned home, but because mine isn’t, I have to go a very long 4 or 5 months without them. This is going to be problematic as it is only early May, and withdrawal has set in…

It’s nice to have something to look forward to when the weather turns colder, at least!

– Meghan

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Fashion designers aren’t just for clothes

Something we’re especially proud of is the large in-house product design and development department at Berkshire Blanket. This team is extremely talented, and completely dedicated to coming up with designs that are both classic and innovative. From our old textile mill in rural Massachusetts, we constantly experiment, to create our current, on-trend designs. Our bed blankets, throws and decorative pillows are fabulous! Stay tuned for more from our designers themselves!

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