Backpacks given to those in need in Heartside Neighborhood

Community members pass out backpacks filled with winter gear and hygiene items. (Dec. 15, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Backpacks filled with winter gear and hygiene items were handed out to homeless and low-income people in the Heartside Neighborhood.

A group called Brother to Brother, which is made up of individuals from the community, gathered at Dégagé Ministries Monday morning to pass out the backpacks. This is the 9th year of the project called Packin’ Heat.

“We are encouraged to see the Grand Rapids community come together to support the less fortunate in our area. The winter months are especially difficult when you are homeless or can’t afford to pay your heating bill. What a blessing it will be for our patrons to receive the backpacks filled with useful items,” said Dégagé’s Executive Director Marge Palmerlee.

Many homeless people spend their days walking outdoors or huddling outside for warmth so a dry pair of socks and warm winter hat can make a big difference in their day.

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