EUGENE, Ore. - The Eugene Police West University substation is a mess, and officer Randy Ellis couldn't be happier.
Squad rooms, hallways and nooks and crannies are packed with sleeping bags, socks, jackets and pants for the homeless.
Ellis has been collecting cash and clothing donations the last month to help make this winter a better one for homeless people.
He told KVAL News today (Nov. 21), "I'm just never more surprised by the goodwill of the people of Eugene. When you tell them there's a need and they
believe it, they will respond to it."
This has been a pet project for Ellis for many years as part of the community policing program, but he says all the coats, blankets, socks and
other essentials are vital for the homeless, with winter just around the corner. "We're trying to meet the basic necessities here of the people that live
on the street; the people that are, you know, I say the bottom of the food chain. People who don't have five dollars to go buy a warm jacket at Goodwill if they could get there."
He says clothing donations have easily doubled this year and cash donations rose about 20%, to at least $7,000.00.
Ellis explains next week, all the goods will be sent to First Christian Church, White Bird clinic and Sponsors to be given to the homeless.
New blankets will also be sent to the Egan Warming Center in Eugene.