12/11/2013 10:32:00 AM CCJ and PVS Youth Chamber collecting blankets for homeless
Quinton Voss, a Prescott Valley School Youth Chamber executive officer receives a donation of a blanket for the homeless from another student.
Special to the Tribune
On Dec. 3, the Coalition for Compassion and Justice and the Prescott Valley Youth Chamber announced a partnership to collect blankets for the area's homeless and less fortunate. Gail Kenny, CCJ Executive Director, met with Bill Suedmeyer's Youth Chamber volunteer club to iron out the details of this timely and vital event.
Their "Blanket Project" will run from until Wednesday, Dec. 18. Donations of new or gently used blankets, comforters, and throws will accepted at the Prescott Valley School, 9500 Lorna Lane (off Highway 69 and Mendecino), in Prescott Valley, during school hours. The school's telephone number is 928-772-8744.
Kenny discussed with the youth volunteers the many services CCJ provides. This includes Open Door, a provider of basic needs such as hot meals and a food pantry, Home Repairs to help the poor maintain their residences, Circles of Support, a group of mentors that help guide the poor to a better life, and a Thrift Shop, raising funds for vital services. Also, Operation Deep Freeze is now in effect. When the outside temperature reaches 25 degrees, CCJ opens its doors at 5 p.m. to allow the homeless and their families to get off the street, enjoy a hot meal, and sleep inside. Information on these CCJ services can be had at 928-445-8382. To bring blanket donations directly to CCJ in Prescott, call for directions and hours.
"In this season of buying gifts and receiving gifts, we often lose track of the importance of giving gifts, especially to those going through a tough time. Supporting the Blanket Project will not only give the poor a warm item to brave the cold, it will give you a warm feeling," Suedmeyer said.