24 October 2017


Shelter nights tripled, resources are needed to keep up

The Salvation Army of Dane County begins ‘Sharing for the Shelter’ linens donation campaign to meet the rising                                                                                   need in the homeless shelters                                                                                                                                                                 

MADISON, WI – October 24, 2017

The Salvation Army of Dane County (TSA) announced its “Sharing for the Shelter” linens donation campaign in response to rising need for homeless shelter services.  Since November 1 of last year, TSA has provided 25,619 shelter nights, nearly triple the 6503 nights provided the previous year.

With a warmer than average autumn, donations to shelters drop, and the problems of individuals and families experiencing homelessness fade from view.  Yet the need is greater than ever.  In addition to a safe place to stay, TSA shelters offer basic necessities, including sheets, blankets, towels and toiletries.  With the increase in demand for its services, the organization has had difficulty providing these items.

Hence the implementation of the “Sharing for the Shelter” linens donation campaign, a program designed to replenish TSA’s depleted inventory of twin-sized sheets and blankets as colder weather arrives.  Donations of new or gently used twin-sized linens are welcome.

From Thursday, October 26, through Saturday, October 28, collection bins will be placed at the east and west side Chick-Fil-A locations.  As an incentive, Chick-Fil-A is offering a free sandwich for every set of twin-sized sheets or blanket donated.  The Marriott West hotel will also host a collection bin on Friday, October 27, and, as always, donations may be brought to the Salvation Army Community Center at 3030 Darbo Drive.

Media are welcome to tour the shelter and interview staff today at the shelter building located at 630 E. Washington Ave. between 1:30 and 3:30 PM.  Photo and filming opportunities are available; however clients may not be interviewed due to privacy and anonymity policies.

Those not able to donate linens can help by volunteering to ring bells for the Christmas Red Kettle Campaign, which kicks off November 10.  Ringing bells is easy, fun and rewarding.  And a two-hour shift raises an average of $100, providing two nights of shelter and meals for a family experiencing homelessness!

For more information, go to http://www.salvationarmydanecounty.org/.

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