Letter: Help us help the homeless
I hope everyone is enjoying this warm weather and has been able to get some extra time off to spend with family and loved ones.
The Salvation Army/McKenna House has been very busy!
We have had an increase in residents who are experiencing homelessness for the first time in need of our services. We serviced 54 people for the month of June and 48 so far for the month of July.
We often have new residents coming in with only the clothes on their back, with nothing to sleep in or to change into after taking a much needed shower. After looking at our inventory of clothing, we found that it has been depleted over the past few months. We are in great need of new sweatpants, shorts, men’s sneakers, white T-shirts, men’s boxer shorts in all sizes, new or gently used bath towels and twin sheets.
The list could go on and on – everyday items that most of us never give a second thought to. Most of our residents walk everywhere – to jobs, job interviews and doctors’ appointments. Footwear is extremely important. About half of our residents are the working poor.
We know we can count on the Concord community to once again open their hearts to the Concord residents who are most in need. Please drop off donations, any time, to the Salvation Army/McKenna House, 100 South Fruit Street, right here in Concord. Please call Lorrie at 228-3505 with any questions.
(The writer is the shelter director for the Salvation Army/McKenna House.)