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What You Can Do For National Hunger And Homelessness Awareness Week

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) –  The Hope Center wants to raise awareness for hunger and homelessness and want to help residents of Lexington identify ways to help.

The National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is held every year before Thanksgiving to draw attention to these problems in our community.

Many people wonder what they should do when they pass someone on the street holding a sign that says “Please Help.” People want to help, but don’t know whether their generosity is helping or hurting because 60 percent of Lexington’s homeless population suffers from an addiction.

The Hope Center is encouraging people to get involved as we head into the holiday season.

“Now is the time that we give thanks for all that we have,” said Carrie Thayer, director of development for the Hope Center. “But it also is a time for giving and remembering those in the community who need our help.”

By helping the Hope Center, volunteers and donors are supporting shelter, food, health care and drug treatment resources at a particularly critical time when temperatures begin to drop.

The Hope Center has five ways for people to participate:

  *     Text LEXHOPE to 50155 to donate. Those donations go to housing, food, social services and health-care – programs that don’t just meet the immediate needs but also address the underlying causes of homelessness. In addition, the Hope Center has a street outreach coordinator, who works to get resources to those who refuse to enter the shelter.

   *    Sign up with three of your friends for Johnny Carino’s Hoops for Hope, which will be held Thursday, Nov. 16 in Rupp Arena. Teams of four compete with other area corporate and community teams in a five-minute shoot-off.

   *   Donate hats, gloves and scarves as cold weather approaches. In addition, emergency shelter numbers have increased from around 180 to more than 220, which means more toiletries are needed as well.  

   *    Serve a meal at the Jacobs Hope Cafeteria. Families and groups can sign up to serve lunch and spread holiday cheer to those in need.

   *  Become a 12 Days of Christmas sponsor. This is an opportunity for large groups, such as local businesses, to come together and prepare and serve a special holiday meal. Sing Christmas carols, bring homemade desserts, and collect socks, gloves and hats to pass out.

For more information on how to volunteer or donate, call 859-225-4673 or  click here

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