Give the Gift of Warmth this Holiday Season

By: Leon County Press Release
By: Leon County Press Release

Tallahassee, FL - Leon County's Health and Human Services Department and the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library System are teaming up for a holiday community drive to collect new hats, gloves, socks and scarves for those most in need.

For members of the community who find refuge from the cold in Leon
County homeless shelters, the gift of warmth will remind them that they
are not forgotten.

"Last year, we had record-breaking low temperatures, and many
homeless citizens lacked the basic necessities to ward off the cold,"
said Jeri Bush, Director of VolunteerLEON, a division of Health and
Human Services. "We hope to collect items that give the gift of warmth
this season to those who need it the most."

While working at the Cold Weather Shelter last winter, Bush said some
of the guests wore wet socks, and had no spare pairs, not to mention
having a hat or a pair of gloves.

Citizens may drop off their donations at any library book drop located
throughout Leon County starting Monday, Dec. 6, through Tuesday, Dec.
21, 2010. Volunteers will pick up the donations and deliver them to The
Shelter.

"I believe that our citizens will find it in their hearts to donate
items that will keep some of our most vulnerable citizens warm and safe
this season," said Candice Wilson, Director of Leon County Health and
Human Services. "Our hope is that people will add a couple of these
items to their shopping list and will swing by any of the library
locations to deposit them in the book drops."

For more information, visit www.VolunteerLEON.org or contact the Leon
County Public Information Office at (850) 606-5300 or by email at
pio@leoncountyfl.gov .


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