We have purchased the first back packs full of winter items for homeless people as part of the Socks Plus campaign. Here is a picture of a group of guys who received a back pack from Denise this weekend. They were very thankful for the backpack, the new boots in their size, and a pair of long underwear. The backpacks had winter thermal socks and a light snack along with some handwarmers inside. The backpacks are really nice durable military grade sturdy equipment and contain equally nice boots that should last throughout the winter. We have to thank Galco Army Store off Harvard for all their help.
There is an advertisement running on cable tv right now about the campaign and radio spots on three radio stations including "The Fish." Here is a copy of the commercial on Youtube. We will be able to give out these backpacks throughout the winter to guys who stay outside with the help of the Community West Foundation campaign. We keep them safe while we work on building trust and eventually moving people back to housing. Socks Plus is our first step to moving people back into a home.
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