Volunteers of America in need of warm donations

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - As the temperatures continue to drop, Volunteers of America (VOA) is in need of donations. Linda Grace with VOA said the shelter had nearly 600 people over the weekend due to the cold weather.

Grace said, “With our warming rooms, both were open all weekend long, we were at full capacity.”

According to Grace, the shelter is in need of warm donations. Last year the shelter was short of gloves and socks. “What we are looking for anything that can help create a layer. Thermal, undershirts, undergarments, hats, gloves, socks, scarves. That can add that extra layer of warmth this winter.”

VOA is also asking for ponchos this year. “Last winter we ran into a situation where people were unable to keep themselves dry,” said Grace.

She added, “We were trying to make ponchos out of trash bags. We believe in human dignity."

“This is an opportunity for the community to get involved and to do something to help our neighbors, to help some of the elderly people that are living on the streets and any individuals who are forced out of their homes, and into a situation. We can help keep them warm,” Grace said
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Grace said the shelter is expected to open up warming tents on its property within the next few weeks.

If you would like to donate items you can drop them off at VOA on Record Street. You can also donate to VOA’s Share the Warmth Campaign.

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