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Local Group To Collect Donations for the Homeless
CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- Moving each wooden stand, David O' Clair is getting row after row of empty shelves ready to be filled to the top.
He and other volunteers will be packing the shelves with household items that he and the folks at Four Oaks Agency, a non-profit that helps families in need, hope will pack a 3,000 square foot warehouse and help families in need.
"If you have five spatulas in your kitchen, I want two of them, said Joe Lock, administrative officer for Four Oaks. If you have an extra set of dishes, then please bring it."
On Saturday, they'll be collecting donated household supplies as part of their PUSH program which will provide housing to 125 homeless families over the next 36 months.
We're going to have 125 families that literally may have nothing," Lock said.
Lock says just because most people don't see the homeless out on the street s in a city like Cedar Rapids doesn't mean the problem doesn't exist.
More than 16,000 families turn to Four Oaks each year for help.
"There is a huge need, Lock says. Homelessness is a real problem in Cedar Rapids."
A problem volunteers like David are trying to help change.
"We can make a difference, O Clair said. We all can."
Even if that change comes just one shelf at a time.
The first few families who'll receive housing and donated furniture will be picked by the Department of Human Services this Friday.