An appeal for adult clothing Plus during this holiday season has just been issued by the City of Portland. The appeal for new and “gently used” begins today Wednesday, December 6, 2017. The appeal runs throughout the winter season.
During this appeal, Portland firefighters will be collecting donations from the public geared toward adults – for both men and women. Suggested items are men’s and women’s clothing that includes boots, shoes, winter jackets, mittens, gloves, hats as well as undergarments. Other garments such as socks would be appreciated as well. The suggested list of donations also includes cases of bottled water, individually wrapped snacks and gift cards from Walmart, Target or Hannaford Brothers, hand and foot warmers, duffle bags and small rolling luggage.
Donations may be left off at three Portland fire stations: the Central Fire Station, 350 Congress Street; the Munjoy Hill Fire Station, 134 Congress Street and the Rosemont Fire Station, 212 Stevens Avenue. Donations will be accepted throughout the winter at these three fire stations as well.
This is part of Portland’s Mobile Medical Outreach Project – a service that provides basic medical care, education and referral services to homeless adults in Portland. The Project began in May of 2017 as a collaboration between Portland’s Substance Use Prevention Program, the Portland Fire Department, the Oxford Street Shelter and Milestone Recovery.
The Project places experienced paramedics at the Oxford Street Shelter for approximately ten hours each week with the goal of providing substance use related prevention and education resources and basic medical care to Portland’s vulnerable adult homeless population.
Thank you in advance for whatever assistance you can give to this worthy Project – after all, this is the season of Giving!