Sarah Mosier-Hoon, left, delivers a load of clothes to Yakima Herald-Republic employees Tracy Rippee, center, and Phil Ferolito at Fred Meyer in Yakima Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. The Herald-Republic and the Homeless Network of Yakima County conducted winter weather clothing and supply drive for the homeless at Fred Meyer and the West Valley Walmart Saturday. About two cargo-van loads of supplies were collected Saturday, Ferolito said. Donation can also be brought to the Yakima Herald-Republic’s office, 114 N. Fourth St., during business hours Monday through Friday. Among the items needed are hand warmers, antiperspirant, sleeping bags, gloves, socks, backpacks, feminine hygiene products, beanies and razors. A full list can be found online at http://www.homelessnetworkyc.org/donate.html. More than 10,000 items were donated in last year’s drive. For more information, contact Phil Ferolito at 509-577-7749 or Homeless Network Director Lee Murdock at 509-834-8173. (Donald W. Meyers/Yakima Herald-Republic)

To the editor -- As the chair of the Homeless Network of Yakima County (Network) Public Awareness Committee, I would like to express my gratitude to the multiple community members and organizations who contributed to the Warm Hands-Warm Hearts drive. This project collected over 2,000 items including gloves, socks, hand and foot warmers, and more which will be distributed to individuals who are unsheltered by our valuable network of outreach workers.

This drive was made possible with the partnership with Yakima Valley Libraries which provided drop-sites for members of the community to donate. In addition to thanking the multiple community members who donated items, I also want to thank Casey Family Programs and Molina Healthcare for their significant donations.

The mission of the network is to advocate for people who are homeless in order to improve their quality of life, increase public awareness of the issues of homelessness, impact public policy, and prevent and end homelessness. While our goal is to ensure that no community member ever sleeps outside, it is vital that we do whatever we can to reduce the danger to those on the streets this winter.

To learn more about the network, please go to www.HomelessNetworkYC.org.