Nov 21, 2013 7:01 PM by Erika Flores

Blankets needed to help homeless during cooler temps

TUCSON - As the temperatures start to drop, local charity groups working with the homeless face a shortage of blankets for Tucson's most vulnerable residents.

Places like the Salvation Army and Primavera are asking for your help.

Shelters are at full capacity.

There are one hundred beds at the Primavera men's shelter, and most of the beds only have a thin blanket.

"At any given day we're turning away five to ten people knowing that we are sending them back out into nature and into the cold," said Renee Bibby with Primavera foundation.

Those who are turned away from the shelter have to be prepared for the cool weather, so Primavera is asking for donations to be able to hand out blankets to those that are turned away.

"It wouldn't just help me it would help a lot of other individuals for those who don't have the pleasure of being somewhere with a roof over their heads the ones that have to sleep outside because beds are limited here," said Andrew Taylor, Primavera Foundation patron.

The Salvation Army is also asking for donations.

They said they have about two dozen blankets, but that's not enough to cover the need.

"We have maybe a few more up in the dorm, but this year we are really running low on our blankets," Jerry Brillo with the Salvation Army.

You can drop off any blankets you want to donate at Primavera's administrative office:

151 W 40th St, Tucson

or the Salvation Army's Hospitality House:

1021 N 11th Ave, Tucson


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