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COOS​ ​BAY​​/​NORTH​ ​BEND — ​Over​ ​a​ ​hundred​ ​community​ ​members​ ​will​ ​unite​ ​for​ the eighth​ ​annual Homeless​ ​Persons’​ ​Memorial​ ​at​ ​5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, the​ ​Coos​ ​History​ ​Museum.

This​ ​event​ ​allows the​ ​community​ ​to​ ​show​ ​respect​ ​to​ ​our​ ​neighbors​ ​who​ ​are​ ​living​ ​unsheltered.​ ​An​ ​outdoor​ ​candlelight​ ​memorial​ ​will commemorate ​those​ ​homeless​ ​and​ ​formerly​ ​homeless​ ​in​ ​our​ ​community​ ​who​ ​have​ ​died​ ​in​ ​the​ ​past​ ​year.​ ​Inside, guests​ ​will​ ​dine​ ​with​ ​dignity​ ​as​ ​they​ ​enjoy​ ​home-made​ ​soup,​ ​bread with ​butter,​ ​cookies​ ​and​ ​warm​ ​drinks.​ ​Tammy​ ​Berg, T.H.E.​ ​House​ ​Executive​ ​Director,​ ​will​ ​prepare​ ​two​ ​soups,​ ​with​ ​meat​ ​donated​ ​from​ ​McKay’s​ ​Market​, ​and​ ​fresh vegetable​ ​from​ ​community​ ​members.

Speakers​ ​include​ ​Marcia​ ​Hart,​ ​Executive​ ​Director​ ​at​ ​United​ ​Way,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​local​ ​spiritual​ ​leaders​ ​and​ ​formerly homeless​ ​persons​ ​in​ ​Coos​ ​County.​ ​Donated​ ​foods,​ ​used​ ​clothing​, ​camping​ ​supplies,​ ​and​ ​shower​ ​packs​ ​will​ ​be given​ ​to​ ​those​ ​in​ ​need.​ ​Medical Reserve Corp​. ​will​ ​perform​ ​free​ ​blood​ ​pressure​ ​tests​ ​and​ ​Yellow​ ​Cab​ ​Taxi​ ​will​ ​give​ ​rides​ ​to​ ​those needing​ ​transportation​ ​to​ ​the​ ​event.​ ​Free​ ​round-trip​ ​rides​ ​to​ ​the​ ​event​ ​from​ ​CCAT​ ​shelters​ ​and ​community​ ​spots: Davy​ ​Jones​ ​Locker;​ ​Coos​ ​County​ ​Annex;​ ​Walmart;​ ​Nancy​ ​Devereux​ ​Center;​ ​Coos​ ​Bay​ ​Visitor​ ​Center,​ ​South​ ​side; and​ ​the​ ​ARK​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Harding​ ​building.​ ​Departure​ ​times:​ ​4:30-4:45​ ​p.m.​ ​Return​ ​rides​ ​from the museum will begin​ ​at​ ​7:15​ ​p.m.

Homeless​ ​Persons’​ ​Memorial​ ​Day,​ ​is​ ​an​ ​annual​ ​event​ ​commemorated​ ​in​ ​over​ ​150​ ​cities​ ​and​ ​counties​ ​across​ ​the United​ ​States.​ ​Since​ ​1990,​ ​the​ ​National​ ​Coalition​ ​for​ ​the ​Homeless​ ​has​ ​sponsored​ ​National​ ​Homeless​ ​Persons’ Memorial​ ​Day​ ​on​ ​the​ ​longest​ ​night​ ​of​ ​the​ ​year​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​attention​ ​to​ ​the​ ​tragedy​ ​of​ ​homelessness​ ​and​ ​to​ ​remember our​ ​homeless​ ​citizens​ ​who​ ​have​ ​paid​ ​the​ ​ultimate​ ​price​ ​for​ ​the​ ​failure​ ​of​ ​our​ ​nation​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​adequate​ ​resources and​ ​to​ ​fully​ ​address​ ​the​ ​safety​ ​and​ ​needs​ ​of​ ​people​ ​who​ ​are​ ​homeless.

Homeless​ ​Solutions​ ​Coos​ ​County​ ​and​ ​sponsors​ ​of​ ​this​ ​year’s​ ​event​ ​are​ ​calling​ ​attention​ ​to​ ​the​ ​fact​ ​that​ ​the programs​ ​we​ ​have​ ​in​ ​place​ ​are​ ​no​ ​longer​ ​enough,​ ​and​ ​as​ ​a​ ​city​ ​it​ ​is​ ​our​ ​duty​ ​to​ ​stand​ ​together​ ​to​ ​help​ ​those​ ​in​ ​our community​ ​who​ ​need​ ​us​ ​most.​ ​Sponsored​ ​by:​ ​Coos​ ​History​ ​Museum,​ ​So​ ​It​ ​Goes​ ​Coffee​ ​House,​ ​Yellow​ ​Cab​ ​Taxi, Time​ ​Bomb,​ ​The​ ​Devereux​ ​Center,​ ​Farr’s​ ​True​ ​Value​ ​Hardware,​ ​McKay’s​ ​Market,​ ​T.H.E.​ ​House,​ ​Empire​ ​Bakery, Community​ ​Emergency​ ​Response​ ​Team,​ ​Sea​ ​Kitty​ ​Seafoods,​ ​CCAT​ ​and​ ​United​ ​Way​ ​of​ ​Southwestern​ ​Oregon.

Information​ ​on​ ​National​ ​Homeless​ ​Persons’​ ​Memorial​ ​Day​ ​are​ ​available​ ​at www.projecthome.org.

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