Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office launches donation program to assist the homeless

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The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office is launching a new initiative that will provide the nearly 1,500 people who are homeless and released from the county detention center each year with a “Care on the Go” pack containing basic necessities and a pamphlet of resources.

Undersheriff Booker Hodges developed the “Care on the Go” initiative after hearing about a similar program during a Sunday church sermon. 

“This is something we can do here,” Hodges said. 

The sheriff’s office is calling on community members to help make Care on the Go packs a reality by donating for the packs. The packs will include:

• White t-shirts size large

• White or black tube socks

• Personal size body wash, deodorant and shampoo

• Personal size toothbrush and toothpaste

• Personal size wet wipes

• Packs of 8 oz. bottled water

• Granola or protein bars

• Ziploc baggies, gallon size

Care on the Go items can be donated at summer Hot Dog with a Deputy events, during Night to Unite and at several Ramsey County building facilities including the Law Enforcement Center, Main Courthouse, Patrol Station and Maplewood Courthouse. Monetary donations to purchase items for the packs are welcome, as well, in the form of checks made to the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Foundation.

Upcoming Hot Dog with a Deputy events:

• Tuesday, July 17th at West Rec Center, North Oaks

• Thursday, July 19th at Community Park, Falcon Heights

• Wednesday, July 25th at Commons Pavilion, Shoreview

Building facility locations and details:

• Law Enforcement Center, 425 Grove St., St. Paul - Donations will be accepted at the gun permits counter on the ground level from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

• Main Courthouse, 15 West Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul - Donations will be accepted by courthouse deputies from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

• Patrol Station, 1411 Paul Kirkwood Drive, Arden Hills - Donations will be accepted in the public lobby from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

• Maplewood Courthouse, 2050 White Bear Avenue, Maplewood - Donations will be accepted in the public lobby from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  on weekdays.

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