Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office collecting cold-weather items for needy

New or gently used cold-weather items can now be dropped off at the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office for needy Minnesotans.

The sheriff’s office says coats, hats, mittens, boots, scarves, blankets and hand warmers will be accepted and distributed to homeless and unsheltered people in the county.

Donations will be accepted through the end of February and can be dropped off in person or sent by mail.

The program is a continuation of one that was started in 2019. The sheriff’s office asks Minnesotans to not donate items that require extensive cleaning or repair.

Below are the locations for individuals to drop off or mail in cold-weather items, along with their hours of operation:

• Sheriff’s Administration: 350 S 5th St., Room 6, Minneapolis, MN 55415 (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
• Sheriff’s Public Safety Facility: 401 S 4th Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55415 (24 hours)
• Sheriff’s Water Patrol: 4141 Shoreline Dr., Spring Park, MN 55384 (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
• Sheriff’s Emergency Communications Facility: 1245 Shenandoah Ln. N, Plymouth, MN 55447 (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
• Sheriff’s Patrol Headquarters: 9401 83rd Ave. N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445 (8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
• Minneapolis Central Library: 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401 (9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mon-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. Sunday)