Hall County employees collecting donations to help emergency shelters

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - When someone checks into a crisis center or shelter, a lot of the time they don't have more than what is on their backs. So some Hall County employees are trying to help out by collecting donations to get them the basic necessities.

“People are coming in to these with nothing really of their own, with very little,” Volunteer Douglas Lanfear said. “To have a blanket and a pillow and things they will take with them and that they can claim, especially for children, it is very very important.”

So the past couple years, the Hall County Clerk, jail, and other departments have been making and donating blankets and stuffed animals. The county jail often were the biggest donors.

“Some of the people they encounter are not the best at society but they also kind of see the families that are connected to this. They're compassionate people, they're more than just jailers,” Lanfear said.

This year they are opening up donations to the public. Lanfear said when they bring the items to the shelters they are very thankful because everyone needs basic things like a warm blanket or a towel.

“Any parent will know a child will have a blanket and a pillow that they call their own. Even teenagers it works, but these are things that even when they leave these organizations they take them with them so they will have them into the future,” Lanfear said.

They will also accept pillows or things that are homemade. Volunteers have sewn pillow cases in the past as well. They will continue to collect donations through next Friday. There are two locations people can drop off their donations: one at the Hall County Clerk's office and at the Department of Roads office on 2nd Street.