Local organization holds annual Homeless Memorial Thursday

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Homeless, but not forgotten.

The Primavera Foundation will hold it's annual Homeless Memorial Thursday to honor the lives of the 200 homeless people who died in Pima County this year.

"It is a time during the holidays to be quiet, to be reflective and think about people who perished who died during the past year who were living out on the street, living out on the deserts people who had no safe place to call home and they died," said Peggy Hutchison, the CEO at Primavera Foundation.

Hutchison says about 35% of homeless people are women and children, and it's growing amongst the youth. 

Tomorrow is a time to celebrate the lives lost.

"It is a time where also bring the personal to people who are not given that respect of their name and their life," she said.

The memorial takes place at 4 p.m. at the Evergreen Cemetery County Plot. 

The organization will also be collecting donations for emergency kits including hats, socks, jackets, and diapers.  

"It's just kind of the basics getting through the night especially on a cold night," she said. "Homelessness is growing across our nation, and we are a wealthy nation, and we are a powerful nation, so we need to do better."

The event is scheduled to end around 5:30 p.m. and everyone is welcome to attend.

 

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