Thousands of donations pour in for Project Homeless Connect

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 11:33
  • Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Superintendent Gloria Johnson and Institution Training Officer Sgt. Ty Johnston were big parts of Sheri Boggs’ collection efforts for Project Homeless Connect 2018. (Photo courtesy Sheri Boggs)
  • Gloves donated from East High. (Photo courtesy Sheri Boggs)
  • (Photo courtesy Sheri Boggs)
  • Volunteers sort through donations at the Egan Center in Anchorage. (Photo courtesy Sheri Boggs)

Sheri Boggs of Eagle River is thanking the community after another successful donation drive for Project Homeless Connect.

Boggs collects hats, gloves, socks and scarves to donate to Project Homeless Connect, an annual event in downtown Anchorage that puts homeless people in contact with social service agencies and donated goods.

“Alpenglow Elementary School donated over 1,500 pairs of socks last year and 1,485 pairs of socks this year. We also received donations from East High School, South High School, and Birchwood ABC,” she said. “Next year will be our 10th year and my hope is to get at least twice as many schools involved. I want them to know it doesn’t take much to help those in need. I wish they could see the joy on the face when a client is told they can have more than a hat or more than one pair of socks.”

Boggs thanked Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Superintendent Gloria Johnson and Institution Training Officer Sgt. Ty Johnston in particular.

“Because of their involvement, we now have items in the thousands,” she said. “They play a significant role in this project.”

Other Boggs noted were:

• The Tangle Skein and Far North Yarn Co for allowing their businesses to be drop off areas for donations.

• Jack White Realtor for collecting and donating items each year.

• Jean Kalata who sends items all the way from Pennsylvania.

• Shirley Byrd sends items from Sunny California.

• Gail Dunn sent much needed gloves from South Carolina.

“People often ask what items are needed for next year,” Boggs said. “We need more warm gloves. I would ask the community to watch for warm gloves as they go on sale at the end of the season. This gathering of items could not be done without the support of those in the community.”

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