Vending machine in Muncie provides clothing, blankets to homeless for free

MUNCIE, Ind. -- A new vending machine in Muncie offers free cold weather necessities to homeless members of the community for free. 

The pilot program aims to help provide warm clothing for anyone in need in Muncie, all they have to do is register for help at Bridges Community Services. 

The vending machines don't take money, just tokens provided to those who truly need them. 

The latest homeless count says that there are as many as 200 people without a permanent residence in Delaware County. 

"We know that they are out there. Some are in shelters, some are in different living situations," said Karee Buffin with the Bridges Community Services Fund. "We really want to use something like this to reach out to people. It does demonstrate that our community cares."

Every item inside the vending machines has been donated by members of the community.

"That speaks about the community that we live in," said Buffin. 

Bridges Community Services is accepting donations for the vending machines. If you'd like to donate you can contact Karee Buffin at 765-282-3948 ext 222. 

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