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Transforming Milwaukee office into pick-up stop for free necessities

Posted at 6:31 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 20:31:29-05

MILWAUKEE — Volunteers at Metcalfe Park Community Bridges spent Thursday afternoon transforming their office space into the Metcalfe Park Freedom Shop, a place where residents in the neighborhood can pick up free items to get them through the pandemic.

“For community members to call and say what they need and do a contactless pick-up and we still have the option to drop off items for homebound folks,” said Melody McCurtis, Organizer of Metcalfe Park Community Bridges.

The free items include laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, and hygiene products. Metcalf Park Community Bridges started giving away the items to locals at the beginning of March, since then they have helped thousands of families in the neighborhood.

“These things are really a benefit when you don’t have to take money you might need to keep your rent going," said Danell Cross, Executive Director of Metcalfe Park Community Bridges.

Melody said they are transforming the space now to be a safe location where people can pick up the items during the winter months.

“It’s the safe way to do it,” said Melody.

The shop won’t be ready until the first week of December but people can contact Brittney Taylor with immediate requests and needs.

They are accepting donations like cleaning supplies and winter items.

Donation drop-offs are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, click here.

To contact Taylor, you can email: Btaylor@metcalfepark.org or call: (414) 865-1758

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