Cold weather donations needed for Rogue Valley’s homeless

MEDFORD, Ore. —With cooler temperatures around the corner, the local homeless need your help. The Southern Oregon Coalition for Racial Equity is asking for donations of cold-weather gear for unhoused individuals this weekend.

Tarps, backpacks, and warmers, and water-resistant clothes and shoes will help with colder weather approaching. They are collecting donations at Hawthorne Park on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm.

“It’s extremely needed. We are in a crisis since the pandemic and with more and more people getting evicted and last year with the fire…a lot of those folks are out here at the park,” said SOEquity founder, Kayla Wade

MPD says volunteers are also wanted for nightly meals at the Kelly Shelter, which is operated by Rogue Retreat.

You can sign up here.

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