As we get closer to the winter months, some local residents are making sure those without shelter are prepared for the cold temperatures.
Brendan Kearns has organized a donation drive to help the homeless in Vigo County.
On Saturday, November 4, he’ll be collecting sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and tents that are in good shape and easy to carry. He’ll also collect winter gear, like heavy coats and handwarmers.
Kearns has a job with DNR, so he says he’s noticed a lot of homeless people who live along the river and in camps around the county.
“It’s not a way to enable people necessarily to stay outside, but realistically there are people who do not want to stay in shelters, so the least that we can do is provide them with gear to keep them safe at night and during the day, during the cold temperatures,” says Kearns.
The item collection will happen Saturday, November 4, from 10 A.M. until 12 P.M. at Dewey Point in West Terre Haute. Then, they’ll be at Baesler’s Market in Terre Haute from 1 P.M. until 2:30 P.M.
If you don’t have the items mentioned above, they’ll also accept cash, which will be used to buy weatherproof bags.