One out of 9 in ND are under 18.
ND (Casie Dubray) - The North Dakota Region VI Homeless Coalition is
partnering with Jamestown Ministerial Association, Triumph Inc, and
Edgewood Senior Living to assemble “Blessing Bags” of donated
essential care items for people experiencing homelessness and or
other hardships. This second annual event establishes “Mercy Box”
locations where people can donate new travel sized personal care
items, small pre-packaged non-perishable snacks, socks, and small
first aid supplies.
to actively care for people experiencing homelessness in North Dakota
is growing. In 2016 it was estimated that over 10,000 people across
the State experienced some form of homelessness. In January 2016
alone, 923 persons state-wide were documented as experiencing
homelessness with 154 of those individuals being under the age of 18.
the South Central Homeless Coalition collected enough items from
donations to fill 73 one-gallon size zip-top Blessing Bags. These
bags were distributed and disbursed to individuals through area
organizations such as South Central Human Service Center, Community
Action, Freedom Resources, James River Correctional Center, local
churches, and Jamestown Public Schools.
for the Mercy Boxes will be collected beginning March 1, 2017 and
will continue through April 17, 2017. Mercy Box collection sites
will be located at: Stutsman County Housing Authority, Triumph Inc.,
and Edgewood Senior Living March 1- April 17, and the following
churches on the specific dates indicated:
Lutheran Church – March 8
Paul’s Methodist Church – March 15
of the Nazarene – March 22
Congregational United Church of Christ -- March 29
James Basilica – April 5
Presbyterian Church – April 14
donated must be new and unused and can include:
sized personal care items such as facial tissues, wet wipes, nail
clippers, lip balm, mouthwash, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes,
deodorant, combs, etc.
snacks such as granola bars, crackers, gum, mints, etc
first aid kits
sized zip-top bagsOn Thursday April 20, 2017, 2:00 p.m. at Edgewood
Senior Living, Jamestown, all donated items will be assembled into
Blessing Bags. Community members are welcome to attend this event.