Speech to Text for Volunteers Pack Backpacks for the Homeless
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is a growing more than a dozen volunteers getting 264 backpacks ready for the point in time count, making sure the homeless have what they need." not two line marissa says: "now i'm just putting in the shower caps and all the toothbrushes that they may need throughout the year" every year, volunteers come together to create backpacks full of necessities to hand out during jackson county's annual point-in-time or pit count. don says: "there's a need and it's a very concrete way of helping individuals who are homeless. i volunteer who works at committees and boards around homeless issues but this is hands-on touching and it feels good because you know it makes a difference in peoples lives." the idea of the pit count is to figure out how much federal funding is needed to help those struggling to get resources. last year, volunteers counted 732 homeless people in jackson county during the pit count. as volunteers go around in the middle of the night, they also hand out the backpacks. constance says: "we ask individuals if they'll give us a few minutes so that we can gather this data and we explain how it's going to be useful in the county to see your grateful to get your essential things that you need every day." the backpacks are full of personal hygeniene products, socks, hats and even blankets. volunteers tell me getting the backpacks ready is just one way they can give back to the homeless community in jackson county. marissa says: "i hope this helps them throughout the year when it's cold and everything" andryanna says: "access says 264 backpacks may sound like a lot, but employees tell me they will run out during that point in time count. in medford, andryanna sheppard, newswatch 12." community