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Quad Citizens "Share the Warmth"

A local woman and her friends are collecting donations to make sure people in the Quad Cities area survive the winter.

Alexandra Dermody is the founder and organizer of "Share the Warmth," which collects money and clothing for people experiencing homelessness.

Dermody says nonprofits can only do so much.

"So right now we are in the collection stage, where we are focused on getting all the resources, the vital resources, together, to ensure that people are warm. That is having people donate through the GoFundMe, buying stuff off the Amazon wishlist, dropping stuff off at the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition of the Quad Cities."

Dermody says they are accepting many different items.

"We have an Amazon wish list of the stuff that's not readily available locally. And that is more like the thermal protective gear, goggles, emergency radios for weather updates. We are also accepting donations for coats, socks, gloves, hats, scarves, all of that good stuff."

Clothing and other items can be dropped off at the Iowa Harm Reduction Coalition of the Quad Cities, across the street from St. Johns at the Center. The next steps for Share the Warmth include talking to churches about creating short-term shelters, and providing resources to help people get back on their feet.

Donations will be accepted until early spring.