Volunteers distribute blankets, winter clothing to GRACE Marketplace residents

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - A long line of people showing up to pick up items at the blanket and clothing drive Wednesday night.

With the cold December weather, they're items that everyone needs, but many don't have.

"I had saw a lot of people when they don't have gloves, they don't have sweaters, anything like that, and also when they don't have socks or anything," said GRACE Marketplace resident Lacey.

"It's like we're making their Christmas season," said volunteer Hylan Hines. "That's another reason we chose to do it this time of year because of the holiday and the weather. So they're very blessed, and you can tell that this is a need, an urgent need."

All of the items donated by people in the community, to help the residents of GRACE Marketplace stay warm, and to show them that people care.

There was also food and coffee for people to enjoy as they picked out their new winter clothes.

"So they can eat and sleep well tonight and feel warm, and enjoy this holiday season without being freezing cold," said Hines.

Volunteers like Hines say they plan to keep this event going for years to come, all in the spirit of giving back.