ETSU’s Johnson City Downtown Day Center is reaching out to the community for donations to help the local homeless population beat the summer heat.
“It’s been especially warm this summer so we’re trying to do things to help combat any negative side effects such as sun stroke and dehydration,” said Day Center Coordinator Jennifer Whitehead.
The day center provides clothes, food and several services to Johnson City’s homeless population, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 3:30pm.
But now, day center employees are trying to reach those in need even after their doors are closed.
“For our homeless population and our migrant farm workers we’re trying to gather water bottles and ball caps and we probably have between both populations, we probably have about 500 that we need to get,” said Whitehead.
Whitehead told News Channel 11, many of the migrant workers are outside for 10 to 12 hours a day, at least 6 days a week.
“Our donations definitely drop a lot in the summer time. It’ll pick back up towards the holidays but this… is a pretty lean time for us right now.”
Whitehead said they are also hoping to get a few tents donated.
For more information on ETSU’s Johnson City Downtown Day Center Donations click here.
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