HARRISONBURG. Va.— James Madison’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics teamed up with Open Doors to collect donations for the homeless in Harrisonburg in the spirit of the holiday season.
Until Dec. 6, the department welcomed donations to the JMU Office of Student-Athlete Services. Donations included blankets, toiletry items, clothing, hats and gloves and over $500 in money and gift cards.
“The Open Door project is a true community production uniting so many
Volunteers, in an effort to address the plight of the homeless population in our
Area,” said Ms. Casey Carter, Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Services. “Community churches from a variety of faiths host the program on a rotating basis and volunteers from the churches and community at large staff the shelter. It seemed like an excellent opportunity for JMU Athletics to partner with the local community in this outstanding humanitarian effort.”
Open Doors, formerly known as HARTS, is a local Harrisonburg organization that provides the homeless with warmth, shelter and support. They provide winter emergency shelter for 22 weeks each winter from November to April. Their mission is to engage the community of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County in partnership to provide shelter, compassionate support and access to services for people who are homeless.