The Nisqually Valley News staff is partnering with the Yelm Police Department this winter season to collect toiletries and other winter necessities for the homeless.

Now throughout the winter, newspaper staff will be collecting toiletry items such as travel sized soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste to create kits for police officers to hand out to the homeless through day-to-day interactions.

And as temperatures start to drop, staff will be collecting hats and gloves as well as mylar emergency blankets to give out as needed.

The blankets are small, lightweight and will be easy for police to store and give out.

“I’ve seen posts on Facebook and have received emails from our readers about the homeless community asking how people can help,” said General Manager Kim Proffit. “Our staff is grateful for all we have.  We all feel it’s important to give back to our community.  We have come to realize the need is greater than we can fulfill. 

“Although this is the first time we have requested help from our readers, this is something we have done for a few years now.  We are excited and encouraged by the support of the community too.”

Donations can be dropped off or mailed to the NVN office, 106 Plaza Drive SE Suite B2, Yelm WA 98597.

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