SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Rescue Mission has started its annual collection of daily necessities for the homeless.
It’s the 12th year of “Operation Hope Tote,” when the public is urged to fill the plastic “Hope” bags will everything from socks to soap.
The rescue mission’s Julie Barnes told 22News that it’s a first step toward more permanent help for people down on their luck.
“We’re trying to give hope to these people, and it begins with meeting their physical needs before we can address the deeper needs to get them off the street and get them into a program,” Barnes said.
The Rescue Mission is counting on generous people to fill at least 1,000 tote bags by the end of the month. To learn more about this effort, visit the Rescue Mission’s website at hope4springfield.org.