Mid-Continent Public Library will host a clothing drive at all of its branches from November 12th through December 17th, which will benefit local homeless veterans served by Good Shepherd Hospice, an organization that offers services across 13 counties in Missouri.
Good Shepherd collaborates with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) through a program called We Honor Veterans, which works to improve the care veterans receive from hospice and palliative care providers. This drive is an extension of that initiative benefiting homeless veterans.
“At Good Shepherd Hospice, our daily goal is to serve all those who we encounter daily—patients, families, facility staff, the community, and our veterans,” Laura Bate, Community Liaison at Good Shepherd Hospice said. “If I cannot help at least one person a day, even in the smallest way—to smile, my day was not successful.”
Throughout the drive, all MCPL branches will accept donations of new or gently used hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens in adult sizes. Participants in the drive are also encouraged to include a note of appreciation for the veteran’s service with the donation. After the drive has concluded, donations will be given to homeless veterans in the same counties in which they were collected.