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THE STATE’S SURPLUS PROPERTY PROGRAM IS DONATING MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN WINTER CLOTHING TO HELP THE HOMELESS.

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS ARE VISITING THE SURPLUS WAREHOUSE IN SPRINGFIELD TO COLLECT EVERYTHING FROM SLEEPING BAGS AND LONG UNDERWEAR…TO COATS AND BOOTS. ILLINOIS SURPLUS PROPERTY MANAGER CURTIS HOWARD SAYS THE ITEMS COME FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT…AND WILL BE PUT TO GOOD USE KEEPING THE HOMELESS WARM THIS WINTER.

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ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CENTRAL MANAGEMENT SERVICES DIRECTOR MALCOLM WEEMS HOPES THESE ITEMS GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS KEEPING THE OVER 15 THOUSAND HOMELESS ILLINOISANS WARM THIS WINTER.

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THE STATE’S SURPLUS PROPERTY DIVISION ALSO OFFERS THINGS LIKE CARS, TRACTORS AND OFFICE FURNITURE TO OTHER STATE AGENCIES, LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES AND POLICE DEPARTMENTS. PUBLIC AUCTIONS ARE HELD PERIODICALLY... AS WELL AS ONLINE SALES AT: IBID DOT ILLINOIS DOT GOV.

ACCORDING TO A 2011 REPORT…OVER 15 THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS IN ILLINOIS.

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