“Warming Tree” Comes to Bellefonte

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With the colder temperatures making their way into Central PA a Centre County Police department is working to help people in need.

This tree doesn’t look like an ordinary decoration in the Bellefonte police department and that’s because its actually much more.

Last year the Bellefonte police saw a need in the community for warm clothing.  They decided to turn their Christmas tree into a warming tree.  A place where anyone can donate or take any beanies, gloves, scarfs, tissues or chap stick.

Beckie Romig, homeless advocate in State College, says this is a big help to homeless people, but it doesn’t stop there.

“I think of international students at Penn State who come from warmer climates and don’t have hats or scarfes are simply not prepared for the cold weather that we have here, as well as families that are just, you know they’ve fallen up financial hard times.”
The bellefonte police say the tree has been given a warm response from the whole community, the reason they brought it back for a second straight year.
They’re asking no coats or jackets be donated, as there is not enough room at the tree for those heavier items.
If you would like to donate warm clothing or get some, you can go to the Bellefonte Police department between Monday and Friday from 8am to 4:30pm.
“The Warming Tree” will be up and running through April 15. 

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