Despite warmer weather, Spokane non-profit seeks winter clothing donations

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by JORDAN LONGACRE & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 12 at 8:18 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Increasingly longer days and a mild winter make it seem like spring is just around the corner, but cold temperatures are lingering.

The weather’s affecting the homeless, in particular.

Places like Union Gospel Mission exist in part to meet their needs. The organization provides clothing to anyone who needs it. Just last year it supplied more than 5,000 items of clothing to the people they serve.

Donations are low this year. On any given day, about 100 people stop by for clothing. Two-thirds of them are people living on the streets.

“It’s so important that they have clean clothes. It’s so important they have the proper winter apparel for the time of the year, even right now, as it is cold,” Ron Molina of the Union Gospel Mission said.

The mission relies heavily on winter clothes until mid-April when temperatures are milder.

The organization is asking primarily for socks, underwear, shoes, toiletries, coats and jeans. Donations can be dropped off to the building at 1224 East Trent seven days a week.

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