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25th anniversary of 'Shelter Sunday' in Amherst

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Volunteers outside of Atkins Farms Country Market on West Street in Amherst Volunteers outside of Atkins Farms Country Market on West Street in Amherst
Moving towards the winter months, volunteers in Amherst participated in the 25th anniversary of "Shelter Sunday."

UMass Amherst students volunteered by walking door-to-door in neighborhoods seeking donations while other volunteers spent a portion of their day in front of local businesses.

"We're going to have a hard frost tonight and it's not a great time for people to be out on the street and not have anywhere to sleep,” Linda Stenlund said while volunteering in front of Atkins Farms Country Market on West Street. “A lot of people are only a few paychecks away from losing their homes."

Donations will be distributed between 'Not Bread Alone,' which is a community meal program providing hot meals and groceries. Craig's Doors, a home association working to create low-income housing and Craig's Place, an emergency shelter in Amherst will also receive donations.

According to the organizations website, Shelter Sunday was organized by Amherst Friends for the Homeless, Inc. In 2013, $31,000 was collected and distributed to local organizations providing services for those in need.

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