Supply Drive Hopes to Gear Homeless for Harsh Winter

By KBJR News 1

January 14, 2013 Updated Jan 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM CDT

Home doesn't always mean a roof and four walls.

"Fourth Street Park sometimes, inside of Pizza Luce if there was an event, under a bridge, sometimes I would come here and get a tent if they have them."

With no shelter, staying warm and dry is a constant challenge.
Charles Glascow knows it too well.

"One time I remember sleeping up here and it was like water came from everywhere, it was non-ending. And there I was, no blanket, no tarp."

Charles is like many street dwellers that show up to the Human Development Center with just the clothes on their back.

"People come to us and they really have nothing," says Jane Larson of the Human Development Center.

Alll Jane can offer is what has been donated. In some cases, that isn't much.

"There's times when people come and we just don't have it."

When you're out on the streets a blanket, or extra layer of clothing, can mean the difference between life and death.

Jane and her team are hoping a supply drive will stock their donation closet with everything from hygiene products to winter jackets.

"We need adult gloves, blankets, tents if you've got them."

They are also accepting non-perishable food items.

For hundreds, it could mean one more night.

"It can determine a person's life out here on the streets==one blanket," says Glascow.

Giving what you've got to fill boxes, while also filling hearts.

"If a person has any kind of compassion for another human life, it's a blanket, that's all. It's not much," says Glascow.

Volunteers will be accepting donations thist Saturday, January 19 at the Hermantown Walmart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition, drop-off bins will be located at all Duluth U.S. Bank locations, and the Essentia Superior Clinic.

Courtney Godfrey
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