SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – The County of Santa Barbara kicked off its sleeping bag drive for the more than 1,850 unhoused people in the County on Friday that will run through Dec. 13.
The drive is asking for more than just sleeping bags though, new or lightly used items such as: hats, gloves, jackets, clothing, socks, shoes, hygiene products, thermal underwear, scarves, and backpacks are all sought to help those as temperatures drop.
Financial donations will also be accepted and are tax-deductible through the Public Defender's Offices' partnership with the Family Services Agency of Santa Barbara and can be submitted online here.
The County of Santa Barbara will distribute the donated items to those who need them the most on Dec. 15 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. outside of the Santa Maria Public Defender's Office and the Santa Barbara Courthouse.
Homeless outreach teams are already contacting unhoused people about the upcoming distribution event detail Santa Barbara County in a press release.