HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- In 2018, north Alabama is "home" to 424 people who have no home. Day and night, rain or shine, homeless people are out in the elements. That's something most of us can't imagine, but it's right in our backyard.
The North Alabama Coalition For The Homeless (NACH) kicks off their annual blanket and cold weather gear drive this week. The drive will go on throughout October and the rest of the winter months. They are asking for items like gloves, hats, coats, thermal underwear, blankets, sleeping bags, and other gear. The donated items can be either gently used or new.
Lynn Bullard, a member of the board of directors for NACH, explained why the community should participate in the drive.
"They tend to be homegrown, went to one of the local high schools, maybe even went to UAH," Bullard said. "And a lot of people are just regular people like you and me that fell on hard times."
She said the success of the drive is made possible because of the community.
"Huntsville is a very, very kind and generous community," Bullard said. "Every year the turn out is just wonderful, we're a caring people."
And that generosity will make a big difference in the colder months to come, especially since the homeless population has gone up since last year.
Starting Thursday, October 4, the coalition is asking for the public to donate cold weather gear for the homeless. The drive will continue throughout the winter months.
The coalition is collecting items such as:
- Thermal underwear
- Sleeping bags
- Warm hats
- Sweat shirts/Pants
- Warms scarves
They ask that all items be new or gently used and in adult sizes only.
Donations can be dropped off at the following locations in Huntsville
- Progressive Union Missionary Baptist Church
- 1919 Brandontown Rd.
- St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
- 8020 Whitesburg Dr.
- Latham United Methodist Church
- 109 Weatherly Rd.
- Good Shepherd Catholic Church
- 13550 Chaney Thompson Rd.
- Manna House
- 2110 S. Memorial Parkway
- Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 4 PM - 7 PM
- Faith Presbyterian Church
- 5003 Whitesburg Dr.
- Church of the Nativity Episcopal
- 208 Eustis Ave.
- First Christian Church
- 3209 Whitesburg Dr.
- Please use bin at the side entrance
- Monte Sano United Methodist Church
- 601 Monte Sano Blvd.
- First Stop Homeless Day Center
- 206 Stokes St.