The city of Spokane is collecting donations of clothing, and health and hygiene products that will be distributed to people experiencing homelessness.
The Everybody Counts Campaign continues through Jan. 18 in correlation with an annual point-in-time count Jan. 25. The one-day count is an effort to take stock of homelessness in the community.
Earlier this year, a point-in-time count identified 1,090 people as homeless in Spokane.
The count is a federally required method of identifying the homeless need in the community.
Donations can be dropped off at these locations:
Spokane Falls Community College, near Workforce Office
Spokane Community College
Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Road
Police stations: North Side, downtown and South Hill locations
Mobius Children’s Museum and Mobius Science Center
Spokane County libraries
Spokane public libraries: downtown, Shadle and South Hill branches
Downtown Spokane Partnership, 10 N. Post St.
Fire Station 1, 44 W. Riverside Ave.
Spokane City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane Housing Authority, 55 W. Mission Ave., Suite 104
Excelsior Youth Center, 3754 W. Indian Trail Road
Spokane County United Way, 920 N. Washington St., Suite 100
Umpqua Bank branches: Medical Lake, 120 S. Broad St., First Floor; NorthTown, First Floor; Hawthorne Road and Division Street, Suite 101; 3000 S. Grand Blvd., Sterling Square; 707 W. Main Ave., Suite A-02; Liberty Lake, 21601 Country Vista Drive, First Floor; 507 N. Mullan Road; 11205 E. Sprague Ave., First Floor.
Listed alphabetically, needed items include:
Baby wipes; adhesive bandages; blankets (new “throw style”); boots.
Cellphone chargers; combs; conditioner.
Denture adhesive and cleaner; deodorant; diapers (all sizes) and pull-up diapers.
Gloves (including large and extra-large sizes).
Hand warmers; and hats and ear muffs.
Pajamas; pet food.
Shampoo and conditioner; soap; socks – wool or polyester (cotton doesn’t allow the feet to dry quickly if they get wet).
Underwear (children and adult sizes).
Winter clothing items (including thermal underwear and snow pants)
Winter coats (all sizes).
“Our goal is for homelessness to be rare, brief, and nonrecurring; to design interventions and solutions which lead to that goal requires a strong understanding of who in our community is experiencing homelessness,” Mayor David Condon said in a news release. “By donating to the cause you are telling those in crisis that their community cares about them, that everybody counts.”
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