MEDFORD, Ore. — A local nonprofit organization that gives those in need a helping hand just received a hand-up of its own, thanks to a large donation from the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe.
Compassion Highway Project vice president Laura Chimeo said that these supplies are going to save someone's life. The organization works tirelessly to support the homeless and those in the most need. They serve all over the Rogue Valley and host feeds for the homeless twice each month.
"I've met amazing people that help, and amazing people that need help," Chimeo said. "It all just comes down to that we're all people — and we all sometimes need help and need a hand up."
Donations from the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe included socks, blankets, underwear, beanies, and much more. The Tribe says that it collected the items in about a week, precisely to benefit the Compassion Highway Project.
"It's really overwhelming and really amazing," said Chimeo. "Some days are really hard, some days are very disheartening . . . and some days are amazing, and let you know that there are good people in the world."
The Tribe's donations will now be dropped off at The Rrrink in Medford, which stores some of the supplies that the Compassion Highway Project takes in.
"They don't have a lot of stuff, so to provide a place for people to drop things off is very important," said Ellen Eggleston, manager at The Rrrink.
Supplies from the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe, a place to keep them at The Rrrink, and people to distribute them at Compassion Highway — it's all to help those in need.