PIT Count Collection: Serving Our Homeless Community
In honor of MLK Day and Dr. King’s legacy of service, we hosted a special community drive last week, collecting new backpacks, blankets and water bottles to be distributed to homeless individuals across the Upstate through this year’s Point-in-Time (PIT) Count.
This community stepped up in a big way, donating 640 backpacks filled with supplies, as well as an additional 200 water bottles, 85 blankets and 50 unfilled backpacks. We raised another $2,855.00 for the drive thanks to generous gifts from local donors.
“The generosity of our community always blows us away,” said Volunteer & Donor Engagement Director Jeri Kleckley. “Greenville County continues to show up for those who need us most. Thank you to everyone who responded to this need!”
We know that the need here is great. The 2020 PIT Count found 1,536 homeless individuals in the Upstate in a single night. This included 858 people living in emergency shelter and another 497 unsheltered.
With the arrival of COVID-19 and its continued impact across our community, we expect each of these numbers to rise significantly with the 2021 count. Your support will help get these supplies into the hands of our neighbors struggling right now. Each of these items will be distributed to homeless individuals across the Upstate thanks to our partners at United Housing Connections and the Upstate Continuum of Care.
Thank you for continuing to show up for our most vulnerable neighbors and helping us build a stronger, more equitable Greenville County for all. We truly are Stronger United.
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