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Group collecting items to feed, clothe homeless this winter

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A local woman is doing everything she can to help those in need this holiday season, and many others have stepped up to see it all happen.

It started as a small idea.

"Me and three other friends were going to load the van full of items like coats, hats, food, and we were going to take it to the streets of Toledo and drive around for hours and feed and clothe the homeless," said Linda Wurns.

But a simple post on Facebook turned the idea into something much bigger.

"In a couple hours, I received 40 messages, and by the next day I had 80 messages," she said.

So Wurns and her friends created a Facebook group called Taking it to the Streets, and people from all over began donating.

"We have over 300 coats, 400 blankets, warm clothes, hats, gloves, scarves, cases of water," Wurns said.

She has a trailer at her house and another in Whitehouse that are already full. Now Frosty House and Amigos in Fayette have donated storage space so the group can continue to collect donations. Volunteers in the area are stepping up and doing the same.

Now that they have so many donations, the group is looking for help.

"I'm hoping that somebody out there can help us find a bigger building because it is going to be a very successful day," Wurns said.

Wurns is hoping someone in Toledo will allow them access to a building with enough space to be able to pass out hot meals, a packed lunch and clothing to those in need on Dec. 8. Anyone that can help can contact Wurns at 419-335-9810.

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