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The Union Gospel Mission Men’s Shelter had 175 guests checked in as of 8 p.m. Thursday night. According to UGM, this is approximately 40 men over average for this time of year.

UGM reports that resources are being stretched, and could use the community’s immediate help with three basics: pajamas, razors and deodorant.

“We like to give each man a pair of clean pajamas to sleep in each night, but we are nearly out, and last week, some men were having to sleep in their street clothes,” UGM stated in an announcement.

Large/XL/XXL sizes are needed.

To help drop items off at the shelter, 1224 E. Trent Ave.


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Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of FāVS.News, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.

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