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Stuff backpacks for the homeless this holiday

Stuffed stockings are jolly–especially when they’re hung by the chimney with care. But stuffed backpacks can be life-saving for the men and women who live on area streets and in the woods.

Micah Ecumenical Ministries is collecting backpacks filled with necessities, hoping to give them to the homeless for the holidays.

Micah leaders are asking the community to donate these stuffed backpacks. To help, drop off a backpack filled with: gum, a fleece blanket, a pair of gender-neutral gloves, a hat, hand warmers, chap stick, white tube socks, a hand-written note, a small umbrella, a $5 gift card to Walmart or to a local fast food restaurant, a flashlight and $30. Micah leaders will use the $30 to buy a monthly bus pass for the recipient.

They also hope donors will give wrapped gifts for people at the respite home; there are eight people staying there now. If you want to know more about the respite home, you can read a story about it here.

You can drop off donations at the Micah hospitality house, 1013 Princess Anne Street. For details, call 540/479-4116.