Homeless shelters urge individuals to donate winter wear for tonight's cold snap

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To donate, call (800) 817-HOPE or (305) 571-2245.

Beginning today, South Florida will experience temperatures dipping into the middle to low 30s with winds in excess of 10 miles per hour.

Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers realize the need to accept extra homeless individuals “over the norm,” because of the weather conditions that will be present over the following days. The Miami Rescue Mission is prepared to accept dozens more extra homeless individuals planning to escape the cold.

The Broward Outreach Centers in Hollywood and Pompano Beach are also ready for individuals seeking shelter, utilizing each site’s “Compassionate Nights” program that gives individuals a meal, change of clothes, bed for the night and other free services beginning Thursday February 19th, lasting until the cold weather has passed.

“On our Miami Campus, we are expecting an influx of about 75-80 homeless and needy men as well as an additional 30 women,” said Miami Center Programs Director Antonio Villasuso. “I encourage people to help by donating blankets, socks and other items.” 

Broward Outreach Centers Guest Services Supervisor, Valencia Taylor, stated, “It is important for the community to come together to help donate items we associate with cold weather… blankets, jackets, coats and socks are all items we go through quickly as we take on the colder months.” 

Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers Director of Operations, James Whitworth, said, “On nights where it is unusually cold, we can expect to see an additional 30-40 people per campus in both Hollywood and Pomp ano in addition to those who use our overnight programs.”

In all, the Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers are expecting well over 100 to seek shelter during the cold weather pattern at the following shelter locations:

Miami Rescue Mission – 2020 NW 1st Avenue Miami, FL 33127

Broward Outreach Center Hollywood – 2056 Scott Street Hollywood, FL 33020

Broward Outreach Center Pompano – 1700 Blount Road Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Each downturn in temperature highlights the need and importance of blankets, jackets and other winter apparel. Individuals are urged to call the Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers at (305) 571-2245 or (800) 817-HOPE to donate winter wear for the community.

Author: Amanda Jones
Author: Amanda Jones

Amanda Jones specializes in social media marketing. She holds a Master's degree in Social Media Management from the University of Florida and a Social Media Professional Certificate from the University of Miami.


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