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How to help clothe Indianapolis families in need

Posted at 6:45 AM, Nov 22, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- Step outside this week and the cold air can surprise you. Many of us can grab a warm coat, some gloves or a scarf to stay warm. 

But for many people in the community, those things are a luxury they can't afford.

Horizon House is trying to help. Horizon House is one of the most well-known organizations helping homeless people in the city. They refer to the homeless people simply as their neighbors.

Horizon House sees an average of 3,400 people each year at its facility. These are people who need basic services like shelter, laundry and showers and don't know where else to go.

In the spirit of the holidays, Horizon House is kicking off a winter supply drive to help their neighbors.

"We have roughly 8,000 homeless neighbors in our area and not all of them have the proper clothing," said Roger Hasper, the guest service supervisor of Horizon House. "It's such a blessing for us to be able to hand them something and know in the back of our mind that they will be warm this day."

Horizon House will be collecting thermal gloves, winter coats (especially large coats), blankets, socks, underwear and boots.

To donate, bring them to the Horizon House location Wednesday from 3-6 p.m., and Thanksgiving morning from 8-10 p.m. 

Horizon House is located at 1033 E Washington St.

The facility is always needing donations of: 

  • New men’s and women’s underwear - sizes M – XXXL
  • Women’s short, athletic socks
  • Men’s short, athletic socks
  • Brushes, combs, hair picks
  • Men’s jeans and khaki pants - waist size 32-38 (new or gently used)
  • Men’s sweatpants - sizes M-XXL (new or gently used)
  • Bottled water
  • Jelly (any flavor)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Decaf coffee
  • Creamer, sugar
  • Prepackaged Food Items
  • Ensure or other nutritional drinks (for cancer treatment)
  • Paper plates, napkins
  • Styrofoam bowls, cups
  • Flash/Zip/USB Storage Drives (for employment program)
  • Small notepads & pens (for employment program)