Nelson police seek blankets for the homeless

The Nelson Police Department wants to help the homeless stay warm and dry this winter.

The Nelson Police Department wants to help the homeless stay warm and dry this winter.

Police will be accepting donated blankets from people or organizations and distributing them to homeless men, women, and children around the city. These blankets will be carried in patrol vehicles and given out by on duty members as they come across people in need of them. As temperatures dip below freezing, the blankets add an extra layer of warmth to help the homeless survive through the winter.

Police are working with its community partners at shelters to make these blankets available at all hours and get cleaned if they become wet or soiled.

Blankets can be dropped off anytime at the front desk of the police station. Wool and synthetic fibres are preferred. Duvets and cottons tend to soak up water, and create more challenges than good. But if all you have is cotton or duvets, the police department will accept them and forward them to an appropriate agency.