Phoenix Homeless In Need Of Blankets, Clothing

When nighttime temperatures drop and days cool down, many of the community’s homeless end up on the streets without blankets, clothing and other necessities to keep them warm.

The city of Phoenix is asking for donations to help. Blankets, new or used (but clean and freshly laundered), are the highest priority. Clean warm clothing, such as long-sleeve jackets and long pants, sweatshirts and sweatpants, warm hats and gloves, coats, new underwear and socks, shoes and hygiene items also are accepted.

The items above also are needed in children’s sizes for families. Additional needs are baby food/formula, diapers and children’s blankets. These are the only items the city will accept. The items will be collected through March.

The program is coordinated by the city’s Human Services Department. Donated items, which are tax deductible, may be delivered to any of the city’s three Family Services Centers between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday: Travis L. Williams, 4732 S. Central Ave.; John F. Long, 3454 N. 51st Ave.; and Sunnyslope, 914 W. Hatcher Road.

The donations will be distributed by local outreach teams from Basic Mission, Catholic Charities, Church on the Street, Community Bridges PATH Outreach, Healthcare for the Homeless, Native American Connections Inc., Set Free Ministry, TERROS, The Salvation Army/Project HOPE, Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development and US Vets.

Children and baby items will be distributed to families at the city’s emergency shelter facility.

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  1. what happened to all the stuff they got last year? Seems these groups could collect, clean and then redistribute! Every year its the same and there does not seem to be any end in sight. There has been in the news lately about how some outfit takes the mobile containers and turns them into high end rentals, well as I have proposed in the past why not do the same for the ‘homeless’? Stack 2-3 high cut doors into the sides and make cubicles with access to heat and cool in summer. Community porta pots and wash stations just like in the old days before everyone needed ‘privacy’. A lot cheaper and easier to maintain than anything else. But wait there would be no excuse to whine and cry now would there?

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