A comfort item is a personal possession something to hold onto that makes you feel like everything will be okay.
For many children it's a blanket.
So when employees of First Western Bank wanted to help children of domestic violence feel safe, they decided to donate blankets.
First Western of Minot's marketing committee wanted to get involved in Minot State's Power of 100 program, which is a service project the university created to challenge any group or individual to give back to the community.
Members of the committee accepted this challenge and set a goal to donate 100 blankets to the Domestic Violence Crisis Center designed for children to have a comfort blanket of their own.
They succeeded and then some.
In all 107 blankets, some purchased and some homemade, were donated to the cause.
It's an accomplishment which gives everyone involved a warm feeling.
(Lindsay Wagner, Marketing Committee, First Western) "I have two small children and I know if something ever came up and I needed a safe to go to, it would be great to arrive there and receive something that my children could get as a comfort item to take with them."
The new domestic violence shelter is expected to be open around March.