NACH cold weather gear drive needs your help to protect Huntsville’s homeless from the elements
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s warm outside right now, maybe even hot depending on your constitution, but soon the leaves will sport a fall frost. The weather will pose problems for many of the area’s homeless.
The North Alabama Coalition for the Homeless’s (NACH) Lynn Bullard notes, “Now a lot of our homeless do stay in shelters, but there are some folks that due to mental health reasons, due to their personality, that’s just not a good fit for them.”
It’s for those people setting up camp outdoors in particular that the North Alabama Coalition for the Homeless begins their drive, looking for heavy jackets, gloves, socks, toboggans, blankets, sleeping bags and more.
After all, as Bullard puts it, “These items can be a matter of life and death.”
Thankful so far, the drive can brag on a history of success.
Bullard tells us, “This blanket drive has been going on for about 20 years, and to my knowledge, we have never had a street homeless person die of hypothermia since this drive began.”
So as the weather and leaves start to change, keep an open mind when breaking out your own winter gear. “You might find a jacket that you haven’t worn for two or three years, and you know you probably never will,” says Bullard, “Hey, throw it in your car and drop it off.”
A small gesture could save a life.
NACH has drop-off locations set-up in Huntsville, Madison, and Decatur. You can find a full list here.