Operation Warm-Up Brings Comfort To Cincinnati s Homeless

Blankets, razors, hygiene products and food items will be packed into care packages by more than 75 volunteers from UC, Xavier and Northern Kentucky University as the UC Hillel Jewish Student Center leads Operation Warm-Up. The volunteers will be distributing the packages to nearly 2,000 homeless people and needy families in Over-the-Rhine and English Woods, according to Rabbi Abie Ingber, director of UC’s Jewish Student Center.

Ingber says volunteers will be working at Hillel from 5-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, packing thousands of bags for distribution on Friday morning. “The sun has finally broken through the winter and with the milder temperatures, winter is over for people who have food and clothing. It’s just a matter of time. But for people on the streets, it doesn’t end. As they enter this hiatus following the giving season of the holidays, this part of winter gets tough for these families. Operation Warm-Up is a blessing, and 90 percent of this effort is coordinated by our UC students,” Ingber says.

Volunteers represent a number of social, religious, honorary and professional student organizations including UC Hillel, the UC Wesley Foundation Methodist Student Center, UC Association of Black Business Students, Mortar Board, Residence Hall Association, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Lambda Chi Alpha and Alpha Phi Omega.

The donations include 28,000 chocolate hearts – a 510-pound load of chocolate that will be added to the care packages as an early Valentine gift.

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