A Killeen resident and veteran is taking donations next week for new sleeping bags and blankets that he will give to the Friends in Crisis homeless shelter in Killeen.
James Everard said this is the first time he has done this, but if it is successful he will consider doing it again in the future.
“I tend to keep up with taking care of the community,” he said.
Everard and other volunteers will collect the sleeping bag and blanket donations at the Krab Kingz food truck, 4001 S. Fort Hood St., from 6 p.m. Dec. 20 to 7 a.m. Dec. 21. Everard is friends with Krab Kingz owner Brandon Martin who agreed to allow Everard to use his business location as the donation collection site.
Everard received inspiration for the fundraiser because of some friends who had done a similar fundraiser in Wisconsin a couple of years ago.
He also spent some time homeless when he was growing up.
“I understand how difficult these situations can be,” he said.
As residents bring their donations, Everard is encouraging them to join him in staying the night Dec. 20 by Krab Kingz in a sleeping bag to experience what homeless people go through in the current weather conditions. He requests those under 18 who wish to spend the night have a parent or guardian present.
Those who wish to make a monetary donation can do so with the homeless shelter.