Non-profits help 'Hydrate the Homeless' in the Shoals

Published: Aug. 18, 2014 at 9:12 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 15, 2014 at 9:12 PM CDT
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Volunteers have collected water and other heat-beating materials. (Source: WAFF)
Volunteers have collected water and other heat-beating materials. (Source: WAFF)

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - Non-profit groups in the Shoals committed to helping end homelessness have partnered for their first summer event.

Typically we see people giving back during the winter time with blanket and coat drives, but this one, called "Hydrate the Homeless," is geared to helping those in need get through the dog-days of summer.

For weeks, volunteers have been donating cases of water, hats, Chapsticks and other hygiene items.

The plan is to connect with those who find themselves in difficult times, to help them out with common necessities as well as offer further assistance.

Organizers have chosen Wilson Park in Florence as a central location, but the event is geared toward helping everyone in the Shoals area.

"We started saying we wanted to so something unique and unusual and we started noticing there was an influx of people going and spending a lot of time in the library, taking up a lot of the computers and stuff like that," said organizer Melanie Dickens. "So, we started asking 'Why are you here,' and [they responded], for research... and actually the cool weather. So we thought, what can we do for those people? And we thought we can buy clothing and hats and Chaptstick and glasses, and that's what we decided to do."

The "Hydrate the Homeless" event kicks off at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Wilson Park, and will last until 3 p.m.

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