Press release from BeLoved Asheville:
We spent our days this weekend doing street outreach in multiple waves to warn our friends on the streets of this impending cold weather. On the first cold night of the fall of 2016, the temperatures plunged below freezing. Janet Jones froze to death on the streets of Asheville.
This is an especially dangerous time because people often do not know the cold weather is coming (after high temperatures this week in the 80’s) and do not yet have winter gear.
Our street outreach consisted of sharing emergency blankets, hot hands and care kits, street medic rounds to check on people’s health, and a large gear outreach sharing hundreds of tents, sleeping bags, tarps, socks, shoes, and warming supplies.
Tents and sleeping bags provide protection from the elements. Everyone deserves shelter and care!
Our street medic team did rounds offering one-on-one support including wound care and support for illness care and prevention.
Seeing friendly faces offering compassionate care makes such a difference! Warm shoes and socks help keep feet and bodies warm on these cold days!
You can support Cold Weather Care and Street Outreach! These items are urgently needed! Share things from your closet, host a drive, pick up some things or click on the donate button and help us purchase these critically important things that literally mean the difference between life and death.
Thank you for your support in cold and winter weather outreach throughout these coming months! We can’t do this without you!