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What's in a Winter Emergency Kit?

This guest blog was written by Stephanie Overbey, a volunteer for Willis Dady Homeless Services. Are you interested in writing a guest blog for Willis Dady? Fill out a volunteer application online at and reach out to Sierra at or by phone at 319-362-7555 to learn more.

According to the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), there are more than 2,600 individuals in Iowa who live on the streets. If you are looking for a way to make a direct impact, and help a fellow Iowan in need, then you should consider making emergency kits for the homeless. Emergency kits are not only a great way to show you care, but in some cases, they could help save a life. Before you get started, keep in mind your emergency kits should be lightweight, durable, and waterproof. The essential items to include are: 1. Warm socks 2. Knit hat 3. Cold weather gloves 4. Water bottle (collapsible bottles are space-saving) 5. Small first aid kit 6. Lip balm 7. Rain poncho (or waterproof tarp) 8. Protein bars (or other nutritional snacks) 9. Wet wipes 10. Hand sanitizer 11. Hygiene items 12. Nail clippers