Lexington Agency Collecting Backpacks For The Homeless

Dec 2, 2013

The Bluegrass Community Health Center in Lexington is collecting backpacks filled with toiletries, hats and gloves to hand out to homeless people.

Workers at the center, which provides primary care to the homeless, are collecting the backpacks through Dec. 14.

Advocates say the gift during the holidays gives dignity and relief to homeless people.

The backpacks will go to people served by the Catholic Action Center in Lexington and to Kentucky River Foothills Emergency Solutions, a program in Richmond that works to prevent homelessness.

Backpacks can be dropped at the Bluegrass Community Health Center in Lexington or at Rowlette Learning Center on Eastern Kentucky University's campus in Richmond.

"When you are on the streets you basically carry all your possessions with you," said Ginny Ramsey, co-founder of the Community Action Center and the Community Inn. "Having the backpack with the personal care items gives more dignity to those who don't have a place to call home."

James Crawford of Frankfort, who has been staying at a Lexington shelter while looking for work, was encouraged to hear about the collection.

"A lot of us have a problem with having something to put our clothes ... in," he said. Toiletries and warm items "would be a huge help.

"Gloves ... would be a great help to people that are out and about out on the street trying to find work."

There are several who "have nothing," he said.