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Clinic collects blankets

A local clinic is collecting blankets and warm clothing for homeless veterans.

Gulf Coast Occupational Medicine clinic is hosting its first blanket drive at its area locations.

“We here at Gulf Coast feel blessed to live in the USA and know that our freedom isn’t free,” a news release said. “We feel that it is important to take care of those men and women who have protected and served our country and given so much of themselves in the line of duty.”

Last year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated there were roughly 49,933 homeless veterans and another 1.4 million veterans who were at risk for homelessness due to overcrowding at shelters, poverty, mental illness and a lack of family and community support. With the colder months approaching, the clinic would like to make the holidays a little warmer for our soldiers on the streets, the news release said.

From Nov. 3 through Dec. 15, the clinic will collect donated blankets, coats, hats, sweaters, pants and any other new or gently-used warm winter clothing at its area locations.

Monetary donations also will be accepted.

Gulf Coast will donate $1 for every item received and the proceeds will be used to buy more blankets and clothing for our homeless veterans.

Collection sites are:

Main Clinic: 13406 U.S. 61

Baton Rouge Safety Council Office: 10099 N. Reiger Road

Visit the clinic’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GCOMblanketdrive.

Contact Southeast Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1998; or email, southeast@ theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Monday.