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Julian Gill

Organizers seek donations, volunteers for Denton's homeless census

The Denton County Homeless Coalition is seeking volunteers for its annual "point-in-time" count of the area's homeless population. The group is also seeking $5 gift card donations  to help. 

The count will be held Thursday, Jan. 25. Volunteers help with the census that becomes the basis for future public policy and funding. Volunteers give the gift cards (gas, grocery, fast-food restaurants preferred) to encourage people experiencing homelessness to participate. 

Gift card donations can be delivered to the United Way of Denton County,  1314 Teasley Lane. To volunteer, signup on the group's website, tinyurl.com/DentonCounts18

FEATURED PHOTO: Brenda Hampton, middle, participated in the 2017 survey for the Denton County Homeless Coalition's annual Point In Time count. At the time, she lived under a bridge near downtown Sanger.