About Us

Our Story

Chris “CJ” Matthews’ inspiring story began when he and his family experienced a pregnancy loss when he was only five years old. His own grief sparked an idea to create a project to support other kids who might be dealing with similar feelings of sadness. CJ told his mom that he never wanted another kid to feel sad and lonely like he did, and Blankies 4 My Buddies was born.

Since then, this small project has grown into an organization that brings small tokens of comfort, like cozy blankets, to children dealing with traumatic situations from chronic illnesses to homelessness.

CJ is an ambitious young man who plans to build a social enterprise that will benefit kids in need around the world. For every blanket purchased, one will be donated. He is also working on a series of children’s books.

Chris “CJ” Matthews, Global Youth Activist
Chris “CJ” Matthews, Global Youth Activist

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide an extra dose of comfort to kids who need it. Whether we’re collecting blankets, books, or food, we strive to empower kids and their families who are dealing with difficult situations like illness, loss, grief, food insecurity, and homelessness. We initiate projects we believe will make their load lighter.

What We Do

Grief Programs - B4MB raises awareness about the needs of children and teens who are grieving a death and provides education and resources for the parents and guardians who support them. Our programming includes community crisis support, grief support groups, school education sessions, professional workshops, and trainings.

Blanket Donations - We donate blankets to individual kids facing challenging situations and organizations that serve those kids.

Youth Initiatives - Through our initiatives, we offer opportunities for youth to make an impact in their own communities.

School Education Sessions - If a tragedy occurs in the school community (a student or teacher dies; there is a mass shooting in the area), B4MB would be able to go into the school to help children cope with grief, and teach them how to be sensitive to those who are grieving.

Professional Workshops - We host professional workshops and trainings for those working with children who have experienced grief or loss.

Events - We host food giveaways, book giveaways, blanket drives, and more to bring communities together to help one another and to inspire youth to get involved.

Learn more about upcoming programs and events.

Children receiving B4MB care packages
Children receiving B4MB care packages
CJ and his brother Kollin deliver blankets
CJ and his brother Kollin deliver blankets
Collecting food donations
Collecting food donations