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Make a Difference: Homeless Hospitality Center

Who: People who are experiencing homelessness and are away from their families this holiday season

The agency: Homeless Hospitality Center in New London

The situation: The center runs an emergency homeless shelter for men and women, provides bridges to permanent housing, operates a no-questions-asked warming center downtown and specializes in people with mental illness and/or active addictions. It offers warm beds, hospitality and a health center to 36 people at a time.

What to give: The center has created an Amazon wish list of items, most of them basics, that are needed most: Popular items include toothpaste, denture cream and headphones. Gift cards are always helpful, especially to stores like Walmart or Target or to inexpensive restaurants, such as fast food spots, near the shelter.

How to donate: To arrange a donation, call (860) 439-1573, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Donations can be dropped off at the center at 730 State Pier Road. To send a digital gift card, email and include the word "donation" in the subject line. If you would like your donation to go to a specific person, or honor a specific person's memory, include that information in the subject line.


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