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Youth collecting donations for homeless

By Staff | Oct 9, 2019

The Lee County Library System and Lee County Human & Veteran Services are working to help children spread kindness throughout the county.

From now through Nov. 30, collection boxes will be placed at all Lee County Library locations to gather supplies for people who are homeless.

The following new and unopened items are needed: travel-sized bottles of body wash, hand sanitizer and liquid soap, lip balm, toothbrushes, toothpaste, cans of dry shampoo, bug spray, sun block, flashlights, washcloths, socks, deodorant, individual packs of face and body wipes, ponchos and reusable utility sporks. Donations of new or gently used backpacks or drawstring bags also are sought.

School-aged members of the Kindness Club, which meets at two county libraries, decorated the collection boxes in September. The children recently heard a presentation about homelessness from Matthew Wallace, homeless outreach coordinator with Lee County Human & Veteran Services.

After the collection period ends, the club members will sort the donations and pack them into drawstring bags. Lee County Human & Veteran Services will then distribute the bags.