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Hospitality House collecting items for homeless


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The Cedar Valley Hospitality House and Cedar Valley Catholic Social Justice Network are collecting contributions to provide backpacks for the homeless in Waterloo.

The backpacks will contain a small pillow, sleeping bag, rain poncho, and other items useful to homeless people who have no place to store personal belongings.

Joni Hansen, a director of the Hospitality House, said the organization plans to purchase durable, lightweight backpacks from a local surplus store.

The contents of the backpacks were determined by Hansen's conversations with homeless people who are living in downtown Waterloo. Hansen said she hopes to collect enough donations to prepare 20 backpacks this summer, but expects to expand the project when the weather turns colder next fall. Each backpack and its contents costs $80.00.

Contributions from individuals, families, office workers, bible study groups, and other organizations can be mailed to:

Backpack Project, P.O. Box 1505, Waterloo IA 50704. Donations are tax-deductible.

Cedar Valley Hospitality House opened in December 2009 to provide day-time shelter and support to homeless persons in the metro area. It is open seven days a week, 9:00am to 4:00pm.

The House is located in a temporary facility at 1003 Mulberry Street but will be moving to a permanent location on 9th Street later this year.

More information about the Hospitality House and the backpack project is available online at

Online Producer: Jason Mortvedt

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