Group looking for summer items to donate to homeless

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- A steady stream of sneakers pound an Albuquerque sidewalk as the sun greets another Saturday. There’s a chill in the air, and Marissa Brown says the people she serves feel it.

Brown, a coordinator for the “Who I Am Foundation,” originally planned to deliver summertime items, like sunscreen, umbrellas and sunglasses on Saturday.

“They’re kind of things that get forgotten,” said Brown.

Rene Anaya is a homeless woman who has seen the effects herself.

“I didn’t know how dark I was until I saw the back of my neck and somebody says, you need to put some sunscreen back there,” said Anaya.

She says others have it harder.

“They need all that because they’ve been out here a long time. I’ve just kind of seen a little bit of what they’ve been going through this last year and they’ve been going through it way longer than I have and I don’t know how they’re doing it,” Anaya said.

Yet, with a change in weather keeping things cooler, keeping people warm remains the priority.

“We brought some winter clothes with us today just because it’s still getting cold at night. We want to still keep people warm,” said Brown.

She says that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The cool weather allows them more time to collect those summer necessities to give out.

“There is a continual need,” said Brown.

For more information about the “Summertime Shade Drive,” click here. Brown says they plan to extend the drive through May.

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