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Captiva library helping to gather items for the homeless

By Staff | Nov 5, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED The Captiva Memorial Library is collecting items for Lee County's homeless until Nov. 30.

The Captiva Memorial Library has been taking part in a campaign to help collect items for Lee County’s homeless, and the community has less than one month left to drop off donations.

At the start of October, collection boxes were placed at all Lee County Library locations to gather supplies for locals who are homeless. The Kindness Club, a youth group that meets at two of the county libraries, heard a presentation about the homeless from Lee County Human and Veteran Services.

After hearing from Matthew Wallace, homeless outreach coordinator for Lee County Human and Veteran Services, the school-aged club members decorated collection boxes for each library.

The club is intended to encourage kindness in the community through projects and activities. Before completing each program, members learn about an issue or a need and find a way they can help.

“Even though we don’t happen to have a club at this branch, we’re happy to help the Kindness Club, wherever they may be,” Captiva Memorial Library Branch Manager Colleen Barany said.

PHOTO PROVIDED The Captiva Memorial Library is collecting items for Lee County's homeless until Nov. 30.

It is the first time that the island library has hosted a campaign for the club.

“We’re all part of one organization and so we support each other,” she said of the other libraries.

Donations will be accepted through Nov. 30.

“So people still have plenty of time,” Barany said.

The Captiva branch placed its collection box in an easy drop-off area.

PHOTO PROVIDED The Captiva Memorial Library is collecting items for Lee County's homeless until Nov. 30.

“It’s right inside the door, right next to our check out,” she said.

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.

Barany noted that people can pick up a flyer from the library with the requested items on it.

“There’s a couple of things in our box right now,” she said on Oct. 31.

People donated travel packs, with toothbrushes, toothpastes and such.

PHOTO PROVIDED The Captiva Memorial Library is collecting items for Lee County's homeless until Nov. 30.

“I wish it was more,” Barany added.

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

Previous club projects have included making cards for military personnel, creating dog and cat toys for local animal shelters, and decorating reusable bags to give to people who visit local food pantries.

The community is invited to swing by and drop off donations.

“It sets a good example and helps make the world a better place,” she said. “And it supports the kids who are organizing this.”

The Captiva Memorial Library is open Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from noon to 8 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The library will be closed on Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.

For more information, call 239-533-4890.

The Captiva Memorial Library is at 11560 Chapin Lane, Captiva.