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Tri-Valley Haven Seeking Donations of Cold-Weather Clothing

Those wishing to donate can drop off new gloves, scarves, and hats for men, women, and children by Jan. 28

From Tri-Valley Haven:

Brrr…it is cold out there!

For those living on the street it is particularly hard to escape the frigid temperatures. The drop in the weather often results in death for many homeless individuals.

Tri-Valley Haven is seeking donations of new gloves, scarfs, and hats for men, women, and children to distribute to the homeless residing in the Tri-Valley Area. Please drop off your donation at 3663 Pacific Avenue in Livermore by 5pm on Monday, January 28, 2013.

The Homeless Winter Outreach Event will take place from 1pm-4pm on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at the Tri-Valley Haven Food Pantry located at 418 Junction Avenue in Livermore.

Last year, Tri-Valley Haven’s Food Pantry served over 6,400 individuals, representing over 2,000 households throughout Livermore, Dublin and Pleasanton.

Now in its fourth decade of service, Tri-Valley Haven provides vital shelter and support services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and homelessness. The Haven also provides comprehensive violence prevention education and counseling. For more information about the Haven please visit www.trivalleyhaven.org or call (925) 449-5842.

Kathy January 19, 2013 at 07:00 PM
I agree with Speedie B. I have many gently used jackets, scarves etc. that could be freshly washed and donated. What the heck...new?
Lmr January 19, 2013 at 07:28 PM
I agree. Why new? Even if a homeless person was put to volubteered to sort through to find "gently used" that would be easy to accomplish.
paul hoffman January 19, 2013 at 11:15 PM
In their defense: I used to work in their main office building...and often found "donations" outside the front door that had been left in the night. I quote the word donations because the items were often worn/damaged beyond belief, and just used up limited staff time in disposing of them. They may have been called donations on the givers' tax forms, but were garbage by anyone else. So it was the actions of some that affect donations sought from all. Another factor, possibly the primary factor in requesting new, is the possibility of contamination such as vermin or hard to see lice or bedbugs. TVH does not have the facilities to launder donations, nor the funds to have them professionally cleaned. I know this is why on toy drives they will not accept used stuffed animals. I suspect this may be why they ask for new donations, especially of soft goods such as hats and scarves. I am no longer affiliated with Tri-Valley Haven so do not know the bottom line reasons behind their requests. But I can assure you they have the wellbeing of those they help foremost in their hearts and plans! They make NO money on these events, and often have difficulty finding funds to cover their staff time on them.
Bryan Turner January 20, 2013 at 05:47 PM
A good compromise would be a gently worn item with a dry cleaning tag attached? otherwise what a waste of gently used clothing for people with immediate needs
gregnorman January 31, 2013 at 05:10 PM
This activity is beneficial. It can help many homeless people that can't afford to buy their own clothing during cold weather. I'm thankful that this organization exists for the needy people. You can also visit this site: http://www.gregnormancollection.com/epic-weather-management.html for jackets and clothes for winter.

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