Community Generosity Results in Large Donation to Homeless Shelters

Rock Island Reference Librarian Karrah Kuykendall and Christian Care Community Outreach Coordinator Steve Gottcent show the results of the Community Comforts drive.

Rock Island, IL: Two Rock Island homeless shelters enjoyed a donation of a little extra comfort for the men, women, and children in their care, thanks to an outstanding community response to the Rock Island Public Library's November Community Comforts drive.

The month-long drive collected 723 "wish list" gifts of food, paper goods, toiletries, cleaning supplies, gloves, hats, new underwear, socks and more comforts to help shelters care for people experiencing poverty and housing insecurity this holiday season. Donations were divided between Christian Care, which serves homeless men ages 18 and older, and QC Haven of Hope (formerly St. Joseph the Worker House), which serves homeless women and children.

"I am thrilled with the response to the Community Comforts Drive. Our community never ceases to amaze me with its generosity and enthusiasm for giving," said Karrah Kuykendall, Reference Librarian at Rock Island Public Library.

The drive began as a community partnership project with Christian Care. Rock Island Public Library and Christian Care are co-presenting a showing of "The Public" and hosting a community conversation on homelessness and housing insecurity, both in January at the Rock Island Downtown Library. For details, see the Library's January calendar online.

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