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The search for winter jackets is heating up

Monitor staff
Published: 12/3/2019 12:31:34 PM

A plan to spread warmth around Concord is underway, as the Community Action Program and other groups continue their efforts to help the homeless.

More than 110 winter jackets are needed, along with hats, gloves, hand warmers and boots.

“We have not received jackets for the homeless at all this year,” said Andy Labrie, the former outreach coordinator for CAP, who still works there part-time. “In the past, we had a donor who gave them to us, but we have not had that over the last two years. We’re desperate to get them out to the (homeless).”

CAP officials counted the number of people they saw at the Concord Resource Center and the Friendly Kitchen, two vital outlets to help the homeless cope with the state’s harsh winter.

Labrie noted that the gear is vital at this particular time, since the winter shelter does not open until next week. “The sooner I can get them, the better,” Labrie said.

Donations should be dropped off at CAP’s Concord headquarters at 2 industrial Park, Building 1.

Labrie also mentioned a generous gift from Osh Kosk in Tilton, which donated between $4,000 and $5,000 worth of children’s pajamas and will be spread out to various organizations, including the Friends of Forgotten Children, Merrimack Valley Daycare, the Salvation Army, the Friends Program, Head Start and Women, Infants and Children.

“We’ll share them with everyone,” Labrie said.

These efforts follow a program held last week in which police handed out ski jackets and ski pants to children.

“Someone has to take care of these people,” Labrie said. “That was one of the nicest events we ever had.”

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