Coalition Will Gather Items to Help the Homeless
Posted by KSJB News on 2/14/2017 10:54:00 AM.

 One out of 9 in ND are under 18.

JAMESTOWN, ND (Casie Dubray) - The North Dakota Region VI Homeless Coalition is partnering with Jamestown Ministerial Association, Triumph Inc, and Edgewood Senior Living to assemble “Blessing Bags” of donated essential care items for people experiencing homelessness and or other hardships. This second annual event establishes “Mercy Box” locations where people can donate new travel sized personal care items, small pre-packaged non-perishable snacks, socks, and small first aid supplies.

The need to actively care for people experiencing homelessness in North Dakota is growing. In 2016 it was estimated that over 10,000 people across the State experienced some form of homelessness. In January 2016 alone, 923 persons state-wide were documented as experiencing homelessness with 154 of those individuals being under the age of 18.

In 2016, the South Central Homeless Coalition collected enough items from donations to fill 73 one-gallon size zip-top Blessing Bags. These bags were distributed and disbursed to individuals through area organizations such as South Central Human Service Center, Community Action, Freedom Resources, James River Correctional Center, local churches, and Jamestown Public Schools.

Items for the Mercy Boxes will be collected beginning March 1, 2017 and will continue through April 17, 2017. Mercy Box collection sites will be located at: Stutsman County Housing Authority, Triumph Inc., and Edgewood Senior Living March 1- April 17, and the following churches on the specific dates indicated:

    Trinity Lutheran Church – March 8

    St. Paul’s Methodist Church – March 15

    Church of the Nazarene – March 22

    First Congregational United Church of Christ -- March 29

    St. James Basilica – April 5

    United Presbyterian Church – April 14

Items donated must be new and unused and can include:

    Travel sized personal care items such as facial tissues, wet wipes, nail clippers, lip balm, mouthwash, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, combs, etc.

    Nonperishable snacks such as granola bars, crackers, gum, mints, etc


    Small first aid kits

    Feminine hygiene products

Gallon sized zip-top bagsOn Thursday April 20, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at Edgewood Senior Living, Jamestown, all donated items will be assembled into Blessing Bags. Community members are welcome to attend this event.

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