Donations needed at shelter due cold weather

Donations needed at shelter due cold weather
St. Vincent de Paul shelter (2016) (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge shelter needs your help due freezing temperatures.

St. Vincent de Paul’s Bishop Ott Shelter Program says the shelter will expand its bed capacity in anticipation of serving homeless men, women, children, and families for cold nights and freezing temperatures.

The shelter program operates four night shelter programs and one homeless day center. In addition, the organization operates two emergency shelters for men, one for homeless women and children, and one for families and children. Shelter officials say they expect to fill all beds and make room for emergency cases.

Cold temperatures can put extra stress on the shelter program, and the community is encouraged to help by donating supplies to the organization.

Requested supplies are:

  • adult coats
  • blankets
  • men, women and children’s underwear
  • socks
  • knit caps
  • gloves
  • scarves
  • reading glasses (all strengths)
  • slippers
  • towels and washcloths
  • toiletry items such as deodorant, soap, shampoo, body wash, lotion, and body powder
  • twin, full, and crib size sheets
  • paper products (napkins, paper towels, toilet paper)
  • disposable cups, plates, bowls, knives, forks, and spoons
  • rain gear

Items can be dropped off at 1623 Convention St. or 220 St. Vincent de Paul Dr. in Baton Rouge. Call 225-383-7837 for more information.

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