Fall temperatures have arrived in Yakima Valley and the Yakima County Homeless Network launched a campaign this month to help homeless people cope with fall and winter.
Each year, hundreds of homeless people in Yakima seek winter shelter at the Yakima Union Gospel Mission and in churches in the area. While many can find a warm place to sleep, many walk the streets on cold days, this is where you can help. The network’s Warm Hands Warm Hearts campaign is now underway. Here is how you can help. The network hopes for donations of new or slightly used gloves, hand warmers, socks and foot warmers. When you donate these items, they will be distributed by local social workers to the homeless people living on the streets of Yakima.
BRING YOUR DONATED ITEMS TO A LIBRARY OR CHECK AMAZON
You can donate items today by depositing them at a library in Yakima Valley. Libraries that accept donations until the end of the month are; West Valley Library, Yakima Central Library, Selah Library, Sunnyside Library, Toppenish Library, Wapato Library, and Zillah Library.
The network also has an Amazon wishlist and you can check out the wishlist at homelessnetworkyc.org
HUNDREDS LIVE IN THE STREETS OF YAKIMA
Yakima Union Gospel Mission officials and recent homeless surveys indicate that at any given time 500-700 people are homeless and living on the streets or at the Yakima County Mission. Many live along the banks of the nearby Yakima River and walk to the mission which is located at 1300 North First Street.