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  • Sara Doan, Northeast Arkansas News

The HUB in need of winter clothing as temperatures continue to drop

DOWNTOWN JONESBORO, Ark- For our homeless population, the sign of winter can be a struggle. With nowhere to go as the nights get longer and colder, the need for donations rises.

The HUB is working to provide warm clothing and; basic winter needs to their guests. But with over six hundred homeless individuals in Jonesboro, the nonprofit needs your help.

“Currently, we are asking for tents. We’ve got quite a few people who are really unsheltered and, I worry because they’re going to be out there in the elements. And while a tent is not the perfect solution, it is a solution,” says Kim Chase, executive director of the homeless resource center.

The HUB needs individual-sized tents, sleeping bags, and hand warmers, as they’re a hot commodity at the homeless resource center.

“They last for twelve hours so; we can go through them quickly. Guests can put them in their boots, shoes, or pockets,” she says.

The majority of the homeless community usually only has the clothing on their backs to shelter them from the cold. Chase says they’re also collecting all sizes of warm clothing like long johns and winter socks.

“We are collecting coats, some scarves. We haven’t received any scarves. And of course, hats and gloves. We’ve gotten quite a few coats, but we give them out quickly.”

As the temperatures continue to drop, Chase says she worries about their guest during the winter months as Jonesboro does not have a homeless shelter.

“I’m already worried and nervous. And of course, I start thinking about it’s only the beginning of November,” Chase says about HUB members. “We have the whole entire winter to go through. What's that going to be like if it’s only November? So yes, I am worried about our homeless.”

You can drop donations off at the hub located in downtown Jonesboro on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm.


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