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Crossroads Florence collecting blankets for people experiencing homelessness

Posted at 11:39 AM, Jan 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-17 11:45:02-05

FLORENCE, Ky. — Crossroads Church is doing their part to help those experiencing homelessness by making sure no one goes cold this winter.

Homeless shelters in Northern Kentucky are currently limited on the number of people they can provide beds for because of social distancing rules. That means more people are having to live outside in the cold. That's why Crossroads in Florence is asking the community to donate blankets.

Reachout site director Lori Dunsing said Crossroads is taking every precaution possible by spraying down each blanket with disinfectant. Dunsing will often drive around town with her husband dropping off blankets. She said she’s seen firsthand what the cold and the pandemic has done to those living on the street.

“They need to be seen. It’s important that we see them and we know them, they could be your next door neighbor. Somebody could have just lost a job and it’s taken everything away from them, and now they’re on the street, and now they have things that they need,” Dunsing said. “So just be kind to everybody and bring blankets, we’re willing to go out there and do the walking and the giving, we just need the participation of our community to come in and help.”

Crossroads Church in Florence is asking for new or used blankets to be dropped off between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the chapel entrance at 828 Heights Blvd. Blankets can also be shipped to the same address. The drive ends Jan. 24. Any extra blankets from the drive will go to homeless shelters.