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OCO Collecting Items for Area Homeless

Fulton, NY – Oswego County Opportunities Homeless Services is seeking donations of food, clothing and personal hygiene items to assist the homeless and needy within Oswego County.

OCO Homeless Services unit works with individuals in the community who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Services provided include case management, crisis intervention, and follow up care. These services are provided in order to assist homeless individuals and families with finding safe and affordable housing, and afford them the opportunity to establish themselves in their own residence.

According to staff member Brian Coleman, OCO Homeless Services is currently accepting donations of: new bedding items such as pillows, blankets and sheets; household items such as garbage bags, toilet paper, and light bulbs.  Personal items such as new socks, underwear, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs/brushes, deodorant, and feminine hygiene products; gently used household items such as pots, pans, dishes, cups, silverware, utensils, and lamps will also be accepted.

These items will be utilized to provide those who move into permanent housing with the resources needed to care for themselves and their families.

Additionally, donations of food supplies such as non-perishable pop-top canned soups and pastas, along with gift cards for Price Chopper, Walmart, or other grocery stores or are also appreciated as they can be used to purchase food and miscellaneous household items.

For more information, or to donate items to OCO Homeless Services, contact Coleman at 315-342-7532.

OCO Homeless Services are funded in part through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the New York State office of Children and Family Services thought the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the US Department of Health and Human Services Basic Center Program.

A private, non-profit agency, OCO touches the lives of more than 30,000 people each year through more than 50 programs operating in more than 80 locations throughout Oswego County.

The agency, which is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member, employs more than 650 people and has more than 1,200 highly valued volunteers. For more information, visit www.oco.org