BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – The Bangor Police Department Facebook page has gained national attention. Now the department has used it to reach out to help the community.
After hearing the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter was in need of supplies in preparation for winter, the department's weekly 'Got Warrants' Facebook post asked their nearly 178,000 followers to send in sleeping bags.
“I would like to reach out to our kind hearted followers to consider sending us their new or lightly used sleeping bags. I know, I usually save the friendly stuff until the end of GW, but this is more important to me,” Sergeant Tim Cotton wrote in the post.
The response: an outpouring of donations coming from all over the U.S.
"It's been a really good turnout and I think and they're still coming in. I know Bangor PD showed up today with four or five more sleeping bags. They're coming from as far away as Alabama,” Boyd Kronholm, Executive Director of the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter said.
Boyd says they have received a number of sleeping bags, and cases of blankets, socks and boots.
The Bangor Police Department’s Facebook post Thursday thanking its followers said the following:
“Many people did not want to be recognized but one such delivery was given in the memory of Lt. Col. O.V. Robichaud of Greenville, Maine. Carol Robichaud Haley made sure of it. She sent plenty. The Colonel would be proud.”
The post claims Winterport Boot Shop provided 24 pairs of winter boots and Wigwam sent 200 pairs of socks.
“It's something that someone posted and it went all over the place and really had a great turnout. It's probably what social media should be all about,” Kronholm said.
This is a crucial time of year for shelters across the state.
Kronholm says the sleeping bags will be given to those who have to be turned away when the shelter is full.