Homeless resident: ‘People with donations, we could not do this without you’

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A large group of Dothan residents are in need of help and are asking the community to lend a hand. Those residents are also homeless.

Twice a year, the Southeast Alabama Coalition for the Homeless and Comcast Cares work to pack and deliver a trailer filled with donations to Dothan’s homeless camps.

However, due to the spring donation being days away and the trailer still being mostly empty, both the homeless population and volunteers are urging Wiregrass residents to meet the challenge.

“A week out the trailer is incredibly bare,” SEACH Vice President Kody Kirchhoff said. “We’re just asking the community to step up because we want to be able to reach all that we can.”

Currently, there are at least 600 people in Dothan who are homeless and nearly 3,000 people who are almost homeless. News 18 visited one homeless camp and met with residents to learn how they are impacted by donations. 

“A lot of people don’t realize how close a lot of people are to being homeless,” homeless resident Marion Dewsey said. “Any donation that can be given to the homeless will be greatly appreciated.”

“If it wasn’t for the churches, the people and the donations coming to me, I would still have nothing on me but the shirt and the clothes on my back,” Paula Shehane, another homeless resident, said. 

Although many of these camps are commonly referred to as tent cities, residents said tents are still one of the things they need the most. 

To see a full list of supplies that you can donate, visit dothanfirst.com

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