Fulton County will partner with the Indo-American community to help the homeless stay warm during the winter.
The official announcement will be made Jan. 14 around 10 a.m. at the Nicholas House off Boulevard.
The Fulton County Department of Community Development, Dr. Charan Shikh, Rina Gupta of 27th Investments, Manoj Barot of Narayan Seva Sansthan as well as Paul Patel and Alex Patel of the World Peace Center are teaming up to tackle this together.
Their goal is to deliver 5,000 blankets to homeless individuals and families.
“We wanted to give back to the community,” Dr. Shikh said. “After much discussion, our organizations concluded that providing blankets would provide long term assistance for people faced with the harsh realities of life.”
There are nearly 7,000 homeless people in the Atlanta area and 2,000 are considered "unsheltered", according to the Atlanta Mission.
“When my office was contacted by Dr. Charan Shikh about the donation of blankets, I immediately thought it would be an excellent opportunity for public and private entities to partner to help the less fortunate,” Fulton County Chairman Robb L. Pitts said.
The Department of Community Development's homeless partners will distribute the blankets during the annual Homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count taking place on Jan. 24. According to the press release, the count is imperative to understanding the condition of the homeless population. In turn, local officials and organizations are able to track their efforts.
Chairman Pitts said he hopes the county and community continue to have a direct impact on the lives of our most vulnerable population.
“We are thankful for our donors’ generosity and pleased that 5,000 homeless individuals will have the joy and comfort of a warm blanket,” Chairman Pitts said.