Volunteers give warmth during big chill

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) – Volunteers across Hampton Roads are doing their best to make the freezing temperatures a little more bearable for those in need.

Cheri Cass Wozniak drives the streets of Virginia Beach every week with her SUV full of coats, heat packs and toiletries. Team Warmth, as she calls it, started in October with a Facebook post asking for donations for the homeless.

“People are so grateful and they really do need these items, especially today, it’s so cold out,” she said.

In Chesapeake, an assembly line of volunteers with Hope Charitable Services packed boxes full of blankets in the biggest trucks they could find. The organization is reaching out to all of Hampton Roads, as far west as King and Queen County and the Eastern Shore.

“We’re really concerned about those folks, the poor that have homes, but can’t afford heat or their heat is broken and they cant’ get it fixed, their electricity is out because they couldn’t pay the bills,” said Bishop Frank Allen.

Allen told WAVY.com the elderly are of great concern as well as children.

“One of the schools contacted us and said children were coming into school already cold, and they were asking us to come and bring a load of these blankets so they can give them to the children when they go home.”

To donate any new or gently used items to Team Warmth, like clean blankets, snacks, toiletries, etc., visit Fat Frogs Bike & Fitness at 237 Hanbury Road East in Chesapeake.

To donate to Hope Charitable Services click here.

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