COLORADO SPRINGS — Shelters and pantries across the nation are being stretched thin, and the agencies that serve our homeless are no different.
In Colorado Springs, the Salvation Army RJ Montgomery Homeless Shelter hosts about 120 men every evening, and up to 100 women and children. In order to provide the maximum amount of services for the 230 individuals they serve, they depend on donations to keep the costs down.
The Salvation Army in Colorado Springs is starting a Hygiene and Supply drive for their RJ Montgomery Homeless Shelter, at 709 S. Sierra Madre St. This drive will run through August 31st.
The agency needs items like soap, shampoo, razors, and other toiletries, for the people and families who have fallen on hard times and have no where to go.
With temperatures soaring this summer, shelter officials say the homeless are in desperate need of bottled water to keep hydrated while they are not in the shelter. They're also in need of twin-size top/flat sheets, towels (new or used and clean), and other hygiene products such as deodorant and toothpaste.
"It instills confidence in these folks," said Brett Harrison, Public Relations and Marketing Director. "They smell nicer, they look nicer, and they feel good for once! So, if you try a shampoo and you don't like it, bring it to us."
Donations can be dropped off at the Sierra Madre location, or at 908 Yuma St., Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 3 PM.
To donate monetarily for the Hygiene and Supply Drive, click here.