Eugene police are once again coordinating the collection of warm clothing, boots and other various winter weather items to be distributed to community service agencies that help the homeless community stay warm this winter.
Officer Randy Ellis has spearheaded the collection for the past several years and last year West University Neighborhood residents Don and Anne Dezarn pledged to match up to $2,500 of funds collected after seeing the success of previous years and the impact on this vulnerable population.
This year the Dezarns are offering to match up to $3,500 raised through this outreach. In addition to the donations of shoes, blankets and coats, the money raised purchasd more than 75 pairs of warm boots, 110 gloves, more than 200 pairs of socks, more than 100 sleeping bags, backpacks and countless other items.
Ellis will be collecting donations of clothing and checks at the West University Station near campus at 791 East 13th Ave. through Nov. 19 for delivery to local service agencies.