A warmer New Year for the homeless


With temperatures at a chilly 23 degrees, it’s understandable that most people would have wanted to stay inside on the first day of 2013.

But a few good volunteers and our Emergency Disaster Services Director Tony DiStefano decided to venture out on January 1 with coffee, hot chocolate, water, and over 1,000 winter hats, scarves, gloves, and blankets for local homeless in the downtown area.

“We did a few mass distributions outside of homeless shelters,” DiStefano said. “There were so many people waiting and shivering in the cold just for them to open.”

DiStefano said he plans to coordinate another effort when the donations and financial means become available. DiStefano and volunteers distributed the following:

Blankets: 173

Winter Hats: 247

Winter Gloves: 214

Cups of coffee: 246

Cups of hot chocolate: 231

Granola bars: 164

Packages of cookies: 37

Bottles of water: 27

Salvation Army Bibles: 18

For more information about how to give warm clothing donations, please visit our donation page.

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