San Diegans urged to donate time, clothing to homeless

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homeless lines at shelterSAN DIEGO — City leaders Tuesday urged San Diegans to volunteer, and donate gently used clothing and other goods, for the eighth annual Project Homeless Connect scheduled for next month.

The one-day resource fair provides the area’s homeless population with necessary items and hooks them up with health, legal and other services.

Project Homeless Connect is scheduled for Dec. 4 at Golden Hall. About 400 volunteers and 75 service organizations are needed to run the event, which is a good service project for schools, churches and other organizations, Councilwoman Marti Emerald said.

Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said 1,143 homeless people were served last time, and more than half had a medical condition or some type of disability, and 17 percent were veterans.

“I encourage all of you to clean out your closets and donate your clothing to Project Homeless Connect,” Gloria said. “Your items are valuable and usable to people living on the streets or staying in shelters.”

According to the San Diego Housing Commission, which organizes the event, the most helpful items that can be donated are socks, toiletries, men’s clothing, rolling suitcases, duffel bags and backpacks.

Bins to collect donations are set up at the commission’s offices, 1122 Broadway. Plans are being made to place another bin at the lobby of the City Administration Building, 202 C St.

San Diegans can also donate the day before the event, Dec. 3, at Golden Hall.

Get more information at the Project Homeless Connect website.

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