GREATER MICHIGAN SEARCH AND RESCUE AND THE VENUS FOUNDATION TO HELP HOMELESS
Serving Homeless Also Helps Close Gaps In Missing Persons Cases
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Baby, it's cold outside. That's why Greater Michigan Search and Rescue and The Venus Foundation are teaming up again to provide necessities to the homeless. They'll serve the Flint community this December. Last year, the event was held in Kalamazoo. The organizations select areas they know have a large number of missing persons and where the issue of human trafficking may be heightened.
The Kayci Latoski case is one of the factors that Flint was chosen for this year, Lessa Potter with Greater Michigan Search and Rescue told Uplift Shiawassee. In addition to helping the homeless, the event helps close some gaps in missing persons cases; "We know some of our missing is among the homeless. Last year we had some homeless go to the missing person posters and point at one and say I seen him/her at so and so. It gives us leads which we can follow up on," Potter said.
The organizations are collecting items now, including new or gently used winter coats, hats, gloves, scarves, socks, backpacks and hygiene products.
If you're in the Perry or Lansing areas and would like to donate, you can contact Lessa at 517-294-8690. For the Durand and Owosso areas, contact Sally at 989-666-6886.
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