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Thursday, July 07, 2022

About 100 blankets collected for Gainesville?s homeless

With wintry weather around the corner, blankets were collected this month for the Gainesville homeless population.

The Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry collected about 100 blankets since Oct. 23, said Jim Wright, executive director for the coalition.

Some of those were collected at the "Homeless Night Out and Service Fair" on Nov. 7.

About 40 of those blankets came from Congregation B'nai Israel last week.

"We need as many sleeping bags and blankets as there are unsheltered homeless people in Gainesville," Wright said.

The January 2007 count of unsheltered homeless was 395.

"I feel disappointed in our efforts to give blankets," he said.

The coalition will try to get more sleeping bags next year because they keep people the warmest, he said.

Wright said people can still donate to the Alachua County Housing Authority at 703 NE First St.

"We're always excited when people give us donations, and of course winter still has a long way to go," he said.

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