In en effort to bring food and comfort to those living on the streets of Omaha, The Salvation Army's Winter Night Watch program returns Monday night. It's a volunteer-driven program that helps make cold winter nights bearable for homeless and near-homeless individuals and is now in ts 31st season.
Winter Night Watch takes aid right to the streets of Omaha, providing people with hot meals and warm clothing using Salvation Army mobile canteens. The program runs Monday - Friday from 6 - 9 p.m. through March 1.
Volunteers will arrive at 5:30 p.m. to load the canteens with meals and winter gear. They make several stops along three different routes, central, north and south. The Salvation Army expects to feed as many as 300 individuals per night at the height of the season.
To make the program a success, supplies are needed, including men’s coats (especially size XL, XXL, and 3XL), new tube socks, hats, gloves, and blankets.
Donations can be dropped off at The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services building at 106th and Burt Circle Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monetary donations are also needed to purchase food, fuel and paper products. Donations can be made online at www.salarmyomaha.org or mailed to The Salvation Army, 10755 Burt St., earmarked for Winter Night Watch.
To volunteer for Winter Night Watch, visit https://centralusa.salvationarmy.org/omaha/volunteer/ Canteen drivers are also needed. If you would like to drive for the program, please call (402) 898-5894.
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