The city of Tucson is asking for donations of blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless.
Officials ordered 10,000 blankets from the federal government to distribute to its homeless population, but those emergency blankets were diverted to other cities that have been hit by natural disasters in recent months.
That means right now, Tucson has no blankets to give out when temperatures plunge at night, said Settle Madden, who works with the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness.
"Unsheltered homeless people will be much colder than usual," she said. "And there’s a possibility that there would be illnesses and possibly even death. So we want to do everything we can to make sure that doesn’t happen. "
She said blankets of all kinds will be accepted and donations can be made at all City Ward Council offices and a few other sites, listed below.
The goal is to collect 5,000 between now and Dec. 23.
Donated blankets and sleeping bags can be dropped off at the following locations:
- The following Tucson City Council Offices, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Ward 1, 940 W. Alameda Street
- Ward 2, 7575 E. Speedway Boulevard
- Ward 3, 1510 E. Grant Road (Contact Brianda Torres at 837-4225 to arrange after-hours drop-off.)
- Ward 4, 8123 E. Poinciana Drive
- Ward 5, 4300 S. Park Avenue
- Ward 6, 3202 E. 1st Street