Letter: Update on Sleeping Bag Drive

To the Editor:

I would like to update the Upper Valley on my sleeping bag drive. Thanks to many people’s strong support, I have collected over 140 sleeping bags, 15 tents and 15 electric blankets, which have been turned over to Tri-County CAP’s homeless program in Lebanon. I received over 12 handmade quilts by the Plainfield Scrappy Quilters as well. The support I received for my drive truly brought tears to my eyes; never did I imagine when I started this drive that I would get so many bags for the homeless.

For my spring drive, I will continue to collect sleeping bags but am looking for backpacks, duffle bags, etc. Also I am hoping to put together personal-hygiene bags, which would include razors, (sample size) shampoo, rinse, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, facecloth, hand towel, body soap, water bottles and items for making first-aid kits.

Once again I am willing to pick these items up if needed. I can be reached by email at mckinley5@hotmail.com or by cellphone at 603-504-5432.

And here is a huge thank you for supporting my project.

Bev McKinley



Thinking of Upper Valley’s Homeless During Holidays

Monday, November 26, 2012

Enfield — Bev McKinley had a vision of children huddled together for warmth in the back seat of a car parked for the night in a parking lot somewhere in the Upper Valley. And rather than turn away from that tragic image and get on with the business of her own life, McKinley decided to do something to help. A …