LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Lafayette Transitional Housing Center is using National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week as an opportunity to collect donations for people in need as well as teach people about the many reasons behind hunger and homelessness.
LTHC executive director Jennifer Layton says the need is greater than ever.
“Last June the community really came together, and we created a coordinated entry process for anyone who was homeless,” explained Layton.
As a result, LTHC has expanded its hours to be open seven days a week.
“With that expansion, it’s really allowed us an opportunity to see just how many people are out there that are experiencing homelessness and how our community can respond.”
National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is from November 12-20. From Monday through Friday, LTHC will hold a daily donation drive and ask for a different item each day.
Monday is “Mitten Monday” and mittens, gloves and handwarmers will be collected. On “Tin Can Tuesday,” canned food will be donated. “Wool Weather Wednesday” will be for donations of winter clothes and bedding. You can donate pots, pans and other home goods on “Thankful Thursday.” Toiletries, hygiene products and bus tokens will be accepted on “Feel Good Friday.”
The last Tuesday in November will also serve a purpose.
“Thanksgiving is right around the corner,” began Layton. “We’ve got Black Friday, which is clearly a day of shopping. Then we’ve got Cyber Monday when everybody’s back to work. Several years ago, really throughout the nation, they created Giving Tuesday. It’s an opportunity of philanthropy over social media. People can give online to their favorite charity. It’s a cool way for people to respond and actually give back.”
Watch the video to see Layton’s full interview on News 18 This Morning.