Volunteers of America need blankets, supplies for homeless in the cold

CLEVELAND - With temperatures below freezing, and lots of snow falling on northeast Ohio, living on the streets has become a fight for survival.

For years, Volunteers of America outreach workers have been hitting the streets to meet the needs of Cleveland's unsheltered homeless. Each year, as temperatures drop, the work becomes even more important. 

The organization needs the community's help and donations of sleeping bags, blankets, coffee, hot chocolate and water, hats, gloves, scarves and non-perishable food items to continue to meet the need.

Volunteers of America shelter is located at 2710 Walton Ave. The non-profit provides emergency shelter to 26 men each night throughout the year and has an additional 30 beds during the winter.

Sleeping bags, blankets and warm clothing can be gently-used or new. Monetary donations are also accepted.

"No one should have to spend the night on Cleveland's streets in the snow and freezing cold," said Dennis Kresak, Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio president and CEO. "We hope the community will join with us in our efforts to provide warm meals and beds for those in need."

If you would like to make a donation, contact the shelter at (216) 621-0120 or you can donate online at www.voago.org.

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