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Shoals groups ‘Hydrate the Homeless’ in Sheffield

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SHEFFIELD, Ala. - Organization from across the Shoals came together in Sheffield Tuesday with one mission, to hydrate the homeless.

The Homeless Care Council of Northwest Alabama handed out cooling items to anyone who needed to protect themselves against this brutal summer heat.

"There are always resources handed out in winter months," explained Melanie Dickens with the Homeless Care Council, "but what about those people that are living in their cars and they don't have a daily shower or they don't have an access to a daily shower? So, we said as hot as it is, we need to give them some kind of cooling items."

Area churches, leaders and even kids donated to the effort. They collected items like Chapstick, baby wipes, body refreshers, deodorant, fans and cases of bottled water.

"We had a child giver a five dollar donation from her piggy bank," smiled Dickens. "We have a little bit of everything, just to be able to beat this heat."

The items were handed out in front of Sheffield Presbyterian Church. They then held a community meal, where they feed anyone who walks in every Tuesday night at 6:00 p.m. They are working hard to meet the rising demands.

Krista Manchester with the Homeless Care Council said more and more resources, like free showers and transportation, are used everyday. She said it is an indication that the homeless population is growing. Most of those are students and families.

So, they are planning to hold another hydrate the homeless in Florence at Wilson Park on July 31.

"We'll be accepting donations from now until then, and we accept them year round so that when someone has a need, we don't have to turn them away."

You can donate to the Help Center in Florence on Court Street year round as well.