PRINCETON — The Warm a Heart, Give a Bed organization has provided people in need with more than 5,000 sleeping bags during the past five years.
Warm a Heart, Give a Bed President Fred Kinder said he was inspired to start the project after a trip to Charlotte, N.C.
“This happened about five years ago,” Kinder said. “I went with Amy Lambert, she’s in Charlotte, North Carolina. We went down there and it opened my eyes. There’s need in West Virginia, too. I’ve made several trips to Charleston. I’ve given out over 5,000 sleeping bags.”
Kinder said he has also given out sleeping bags at the Bluefield Union Mission.
“A lot of this stuff you can see on my webpage,” Kinder said. “I’m collecting bags here at Ramey Ford in Princeton. I’m a car salesman here. I’m trying to collect as many as we can. My first stop will be Bluefield this week. I’m taking about 300 to the Bluefield Union Mission. I’ve worked with Craig Hammond throughout the years.”
Kinder said he will collect sleeping bags through December 15 if anyone is interested in giving one to those in need. “I’m going to slow down around Dec. 15,” Kinder said. “As long as people bring them in I’ll make sure they get where they go.”
Kinder said residents can mail or drop off sleeping bags at Ramey Ford in Princeton. The address is 498 Courthouse Road Princeton, West Virginia 24740.
Kinder said there are also other drop off points for sleeping bags: Anytime Fitness Center in Princeton, Sheets Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Beckley and Crossroads Church in Bluefield.
To contact Kinder about the project, call 304-320-8124.
“It’s not just people who’s homeless,” Kinder said. “I went to several places in West Virginia where the windows were busted out of the house. They might not be living in the woods, but they can still get a sleeping bag and stay warm.”
Kinder said residents can check him out on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Warmaheartgiveabed/.
“On that Facebook page, people can see where the sleeping bags go,” Kinder said. “My next stop is Charleston. I’m giving out 350 sleeping bags. I’ll hit Charleston throughout the year. I wait till I get a load and then I go give them out.”
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