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January 2, 2008 > Necessities drive for Tri-City Homeless Coalition

Necessities drive for Tri-City Homeless Coalition

By Shari Wargo

Every year we see toy and gift drives for a variety of worthy programs during the holidays. These generous collection efforts bring hope, kindness, love, and smiles from many people; they are crucial to any community. But what happens when Christmas and New Years are past? Often this surge of goodwill in December drops off from there. How can the Tri-City community help those in need to prepare for the next winter months?

Winn Volkswagen in Newark is a family-owned business and proud of its community. They are excited to be an integral part of the "Winn VW 2008 Necessities Drive;" to give back to the Tri-Cities area. "I am excited to be a new member of the Tri-City business community and look forward to having a positive impact on the people we serve," said John Nguyen, owner of Winn Volkswagen.

The Necessities Drive was created to help those in need through the services of the Tri-City Homeless Coalition. This effort will be held until the end of January so that it can help those in need prepare for the difficult winter months ahead. Jean Morgan, Community Outreach Director for the Tri-City Homeless Coalition said the winter months are often the hardest for their residents and applicants because after the holidays, donations seem to really slow down. She added that with cold weather and rain, residents are in need of daily items such as instant hot cereal, toiletries and fresh fruits and vegetables. Since many of the residents walk to their destinations, they also need warm socks, gloves and umbrellas.

Unfortunately, there is a long waiting list of people in need of shelter at Sunrise Village. "Because we had a long waiting list, we have had to open our Winter Relief shelter," said Morgan. The Winter Relief Program is held for a six month period (November - April) due to the cold weather and rain during this period of time. Over 40 people share space at six churches which rotate as host for one month. "We are here all the time, 365 days a year, and we are always in need of donations. Especially this time of year," stated Morgan. Donations from the necessities drive will be distributed between the Tri-City Homeless Coalition's two shelters (Sunrise Village and the Winter Relief shelter).

Morgan said the Tri-City Homeless Coalition is in immediate need of instant hot cereal, wash clothes and towels, toiletries, toilet paper, size five diapers, 45-gallon trash bags, deodorant for men and women, umbrellas, and socks. She added that they are always in need of non-perishable food and would also appreciate fresh fruit and vegetables. A peek in your cupboard for canned items that are unused and unwanted or gifts that are on your return list can be converted into a donation for someone who will appreciate such things. See the listing below for a complete list of donation items needed.

Please donate only new and un-used items. Winn VW sales department will be taking donations Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. and 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Sundays until Jan. 31. Donations may also be dropped off in the showroom of the dealership.

Items Needed:
45-gallon trash bags, Fresh fruit, Fresh vegetables, Instant hot cocoa (no milk needed), Canned food items, Laundry detergent, Toilet paper, Deodorant for men and women, Shaving cream, Umbrellas, Warm socks, Gloves, Size 5 diapers, Toiletries such as lotion, soap or toothpaste.

Winn VW 2008 Necessities Drive
Thru Tuesday, Jan 31
Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Winn Volkswagen
39695 Balentine Dr., Newark
(510) 651-5900 (Winn VW)
(510) 657-7409, ext 203 (Jean Morgan)

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