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Homeless In Need of Donations

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The temperatures are quickly changing and the homeless population is struggling to stay warm.

Thomas Weaver said the biggest challenge about being homeless is staying warm. He has been homeless for about a year now after losing his job in Portland, Oregon. He said he depends on the community and shelters to stay warm.

"They help us out tremendously," said Weaver. "We totally count on and depend on through the community."

The Homeless Outreach Program in the Gallatin Valley is asking for donations to give to people, like Thomas. Some of the items that helps Weaver get through the winter months are sleeping bags, blankets, shoes and warm clothing.

"These are things people are using every day," said Jen Collins, Homeless Outreach Peer Support Specialist. "They are things we don't even think that we take for granted. They are things people need when they have to stay out here."

Homeless Outreach Peer Support Specialist, Jen Collins said the number of people using the Open Arms Drop-In Center is increasing every year.

"Every winter we see at least a 50% increase of people coming by to dry their clothes, dry their sleeping bags or dry their tents," said Collins.

Weaver said it makes him feel good knowing the community cares about him.

"It makes us feel wonderful and great. We feel loved knowing our community loves us as homeless people," said Weaver.

He hopes the community will come forward and help provide those essential items he needs to survive the winter.

"We just hope that everyone can be patience and help out," said Weaver.

To donate, email Jen Collins at jcollins@wmmch.org.

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