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In One-Day Event, Homeless Gear Distributes More than $300,000 Worth of Gear to 22 Agencies across Colorado

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Homeless Gear Ships $330,000 Worth of Life-Saving Gear to More than 22 Agencies across Colorado

Fort Collins, Colorado, February 23, 2016:

Homeless Gear today distributed $330,000 worth of life-saving gear—temporary shelters, sleeping pads, coats, footwear, clothing and more—to 22 agencies from Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Boulder, Greeley, Aurora and Denver, after a large gear supplier anonymously donated years-worth of overstocked product.

The product was delivered via trucks to the property of a long-time Homeless Gear volunteer, and Homeless Gear invited agencies from across the state to collect the supplies. Some 22 agencies responded, and those agencies will distribute the gear to the individuals and families whom they serve. Homeless Gear kept a small amount of product to distribute to its clients in Fort Collins.

“Homeless Gear has always collected gear both for the people we serve directly in Larimer County and the agencies that serve others across the state,” said David Rout Homeless Gear’s Executive Director. “Today was an encapsulation of that work, and we hope these supplies will both save lives and help other agencies focus on the programs that are core to their missions.”

Since 2008, Homeless Gear has recorded more than 1,900 shipments of product to over 100 agencies that serve individuals and families experiencing homelessness throughout Colorado.

Although the donor wishes to remain anonymous, Homeless Gear wishes to express its sincere gratitude.

ABOUT DISTRIBUTION

Homeless Gear’s Distribution program was launched in 2008. Its mission is to provide people experiencing homelessness with the supplies that they need to survive and meet their basic needs. Homeless Gear distributes product directly to people-in-need and to other agencies that serve people who are homeless.

For more information, visit http://www.HomelessGear.org/Distribution.

Homeless Gear Serves 135 Families at Children in Need Event

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Homeless Gear Serves 135 Families, 370 Children at Quarterly Event—12 Agencies Join Event to Provide Wide Range of Services

Fort Collins, Colorado, February 20, 2016:

Homeless Gear served 135 families and 370 children at its quarterly Children in Need event, the highest number of families served at a February event. Twelve agencies joined Homeless Gear at the event—held at and in partnership with the Matthews House Community Life Center—to provide eye exams, haircuts, health information, resource referrals and more.

Families received more than 500 coats and sweatshirts, 130 pairs of footwear and thousands of units of clothing, hygiene items, underwear, socks and more.

More than 100 volunteers participated in the event, serving as “personal shoppers” for every attending family.

“Today was a clear example of what our community can do when we come together behind a common cause,” said Linda Nuss, Homeless Gear’s Program Director. “Thanks to our volunteers and agency partners, 135 families received much-needed supplies, got haircuts and eye exams, learned about community resources, and more.”

ABOUT CHILDREN IN NEED

The Children in Need program infuses a sense of normalcy, self-worth and optimism into the lives of children who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Homeless Gear launched the program in 2009 after several PSD employees reported a significant need for supplies and other services among local families facing homelessness.

Today, the program revolves largely around quarterly service events for children and families. Homeless Gear distributes supplies and other agencies/programs attend to provide a wide range of services: haircuts, health screenings, service referrals and more. The program has served more than 1,000 families since inception.

Visit www.HomelessGear.org/children-in-need to learn more.