As the weather keeps getting colder, the Rockford Shelters are seeking help from the community to get the supplies they need for the winter season
ROCKFORD (WREX) – The Stateline doesn’t fully see the winter weather yet, but Miss Carly’s owner and operator Carly Rice says this in-between cold spell can actually be the most dangerous for the homeless.
“When it gets colder, people are usually better prepared, the heat centers open,” said Rice. “Now we’re in this really weird place where we haven’t opened heat centers, people aren’t prepared, and the weather is wet so it’s a recipe for disaster.”
Warmth centers may not be open, but the Rockford Rescue Mission is ready to open their doors to the influx of people wanting to escape the cold. Mission’s communications director, Abby Finley, says it is still challenging to work with COVID-19 with distance and health screening requirements, but a year of experience went a long way towards keeping them running smoothly and safely this year prepare.
“We are able to continue to meet people’s needs while keeping our people safe as safely as possible,” said Finley. “It may not have gotten easier, but we got used to it, we have plans and we are ready for them.”
But what both the rescue mission and Miss Carly need are supplies.
“Socks, hats, gloves, socks, scarves, all the things that are not strictly needed in summer,” Finley said. “Anyone can come to the mission and ask for a hat or a pair of gloves.”
“Even shoes and ponchos because you or I can change our shoes if they get wet,” said Rice. “These people don’t have closets so we need to make sure they have the right equipment to undress if they get wet.”
Overall, both organizations are looking for coats, jackets, hats, gloves, socks, shoes and hand warmers.
The rescue mission specifically mentioned the need for individually wrapped tissues, lipstick and coffee.
Meanwhile, Miss Carly is looking for rain ponchos and large blankets.
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