Rotating collection tents, sleeping bags, backpacks

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The Rotary Club of Ipswich-Rowley is organizing a tent / sleeping bag / backpack drive to help people in Saco Valley, New Hampshire who are homeless or going through a rough patch.

Former President of the Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club, Gail Doktor, is now not only the Reverend of the Community Church in Jackson, New Hampshire, but she also sits on the board of directors for the Way Station in North Conway.

The Way Station provides a valuable daytime resource center for the homeless and for those who may not be able to afford utilities, washing facilities, internet access, or basic personal care resources. .

Doktor and the pastor of the Lutheran Church of the Nativity, Nathan Hall, joined with leaders of other churches and religious communities in the Saco Valley in reaching out to the less fortunate citizens of the region who are struggling against the extreme poverty, homelessness or simply bad luck. .

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After learning of Gail’s involvement in The Way Station, the Ipswich-Rowley Board of Directors organized a tent / sleeping bag / backpack campaign. They are asking for donations of lightly used tents, sleeping bags and / or backpacks.

Rotary will be collecting these items until Saturday, December 18. There are deposit boxes inside the Ipswich branch of BankGloucester on the High Street and the Institution for Savings in Depot Square.

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