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.