PUBLISHED: 4:07 PM on Wednesday, December 19, 2007
SEARHC Front Street Clinic seeks gloves, hats for homeless
The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Front Street Clinic is accepting donations of warm socks, insulated thick gloves, winter hats, Thermacare heat wraps and gift cards to stores where they can purchase these items to help out homeless patients using the clinic.

Due to limited storage space, Front Street Clinic cannot accept winter coats at this time. But donations of clean coats and parkas can be taken to the Glory Hole. Gail Tharpe-Lucero, a physician assistant at Front Street Clinic, said Juneau's recent cold spell prompted the request.

"I am very concerned about the welfare of those homeless who are sleeping outside and are at high risk for death and injury," Tharpe-Lucero said.

She said the Thermacare heat wraps last a long time and they can be used to keep people warm and prevent hypothermia. She said gift cards to Wal-Mart, Costco or Fred Meyer will help the clinic purchase extra socks, gloves and hats. Front Street Clinic is funded by a federal grant and has the mission to provide Juneau's homeless population with needed medical and dental care. Front Street Clinic is located in the Suite 202 of the Miner's Mercantile Building, 225 Front St., in downtown Juneau. The clinic's phone number is 463-4201.