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HealthEast seeks help for homeless

HealthEast is collecting supplies for homeless children and their families in the Twin Cities as part of its 16th annual donation drive, "Caring Hearts for Homeless People."

According to a 2006 report by Wilder Research, part of the Amherst Wilder Foundation in St. Paul, in Ramsey County alone more than 1,450 people are living without basics supplies in shelters, transitional housing and in streets or places not intended for human habitation.

Basic necessities are needed such as razors, soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, adult and children pain relievers and adult cough syrup. Diapers, baby bottles, winter gloves, underwear and washcloths are also being collected.

Donations will be collected through Feb. 29 at Woodwinds Health Campus, 1925 Woodwinds Drive, Woodbury; St. John's Hospital, 1575 Beam Ave., Maplewood; and at St. Joseph's Hospital, 69 W. Exchange St., St. Paul.

Donations can be placed in drop-off boxes, where they will be distributed through three programs; Health Care for the Homeless, Listening House and SafeZone.

Monetary contributions also are encouraged. Make checks payable to the HealthEast Foundation Homeless Project.

For more information, call (651) 232-1000.