Duffy Health Centers Organizes "Christmas in July"

Benefits Cape Cod's homeless...
Duffy staffers model some of the items collected for last year's Christmas in July (Courtesy photo)

Each year, Duffy Health Center collects items to help people who are experiencing homelessness stay safe in the heat of the summer months. Donations of sunscreen, bug spray, hats, toiletry items such as deodorant and toothbrushes, and snacks such as granola bars are especially useful. If you don’t have time to shop but would like to lend your support, cash donations are also welcome! Gathered items and/or checks made out to Duffy Health Center can be dropped off through Friday, June 29th at the reception desk in the lobby of Duffy Health Center, 94 Main Street Hyannis, Monday – Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM.

Case Manager Arlene Crosby highlights the lack of basic essentials so many Duffy clients face, and the impact a small gift can have, “I was doing outreach recently when several clients asked me if Duffy plans to do Christmas in July this year. One client stated that she is looking forward to the gifts that protected her from the sun, mosquitoes, and other elements in the summertime. There were lots of ‘thank yous’ and smiles for caring about them. That’s the Duffy way.” Items will be packaged and distributed to Duffy clients over the course of the summer.

The mission of the Duffy Health Center is to provide comprehensive, integrated health care and support services to persons who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness on Cape Cod, and to improve the quality of life for vulnerable populations through community collaborations, leadership, and advocacy. Last year, Duffy served 3,300 Cape Codders.

If you would like to volunteer to collect items as a part of your community organization or school, contact Christina at [email protected] or call (508) 771-7517 ext. 169.

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