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Helping the homeless stay out of the cold

As you may have heard by now, it’s really, really cold outside today. Anyone who has to go outside is being asked to bundle up. But what about those people who live outside? Micah Ecumenical Ministries has opened its hospitality center on Princess Anne Street. The center will remain open until tonight’s community dinner–after the dinner, homeless people can catch a bus to the cold weather shelter in southern Stafford County.

A local business is collecting items for Micah Ministries this evening:   DMVJeepers will be collecting goods in the  parking lot of the Walmart in Central Park tonight from 5-7 p.m. Items needed include warm clothing of all sorts, propane tanks/cans (preferably filled), tarps, and blankets.  You can also donate money to buy those items.

You can also give donations directly to Micah. If you’d like to stay inside your (hopefully) warm home, you can donate online here. Or call 540/479-4116 for details on how you can drop off other donations.

This won’t help those who are out in the cold today, but you could help make sure there are fewer homeless people during the next cold snap by donating to Micah’s housing fund, which helps get homeless people into permanent housing. The agency has actually been having quite a bit of success with this program. However, the grants that pay for housing often don’t come through until after a person is housed, which means that homeless advocates need the money upfront. Donate online or make checks payable to Micah Ministries, P.O. Box 3277, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

*Updated to add: Micah Director Meghann Cotter said the agency could really use long johns, gloves and hats.