It is officially Winter in Rockford, and this is also the time of year when many of our less fortunate neighbors struggle the most. Finding a warm place to spend the night is not always easy, and so many of the organizations in the Rockford area that help our homeless population are also struggling to meet the high demand for their services.

This is where you and I come in.

During this first week of the new year, I have found myself decluttering. I'm cleaning out closets and getting rid of all the things I've been holding onto that truly have no purpose in my life anymore. I have bags of stuff to donate, including several coats and other winter items, and now I know exactly where to take them...Miss Carly's in Rockford!

On Wednesday Miss Carly's issued a desperate plea for donations on Facebook, and among the list of needed items were several winter essentials I'm sure many of us have sitting in bags somewhere in our homes.

If a shopping trip is on your agenda for today, please pick a few extra personal necessities like toilet paper, body wash, and shampoo to donate to Miss Carly's, and don't forget to throw that bag of old coats, hats and gloves in your trunk too!

Donations can be dropped off at Miss Carly's anytime at 1125 5th Ave. in Rockford, just make sure you drop them by the receiving door located in the alley.

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