Posted September 19, 2019
Maine Sport Outfitters recently teamed up with the Knox County Homeless Coalition to hold a tent and sleeping bag drive. Back in July, a community volunteer reached out to Maine Sport to request camping equipment to help provide those in need with temporary comfort and shelter. After a successful shoe drive back in March, Maine Sport decided to bring awareness to this need and opened up their two locations as a drop off spot for gently used tents and sleeping bags. Those who dropped off their used equipment were offered a special discount coupon to buy new tents and sleeping bags.
On Thursday, September 5th, Maine Sport Outfitters’ Jeff Boggs and Samantha Batson dropped off twenty-two sleeping bags and two tents to the Knox County Homeless Coalition in Rockport. “We’re very excited with the results of the tent and sleeping bag drive,” said Samantha Batson, Maine Sport’s Marketing & Event Coordinator, “It’s great to know that not only are we recycling equipment with life still in it, but this gear will be helping those in need.”
The sleeping bags and tents donated by Maine Sport were immediately distributed to homeless families in need. “We really appreciate the support we receive from our community and local business partners. This donation will allow us to provide interim solutions to families while we are working with them to find shelter and permanent housing solutions,” commented Stephanie Fowles, Assistant House Manager at KCHC.
For more than 40 years, Maine Sport Outfitters has provided quality products, exceptional service and dynamic programs to the healthy-minded and outdoor enthusiast packed community of Midcoast Maine. With 35,000 sqft of great products and rental options spread over three floors in our Rockport location and even more gear in our satellite store in Camden, Maine Sport Outfitters offers something for everyone. For more information, visit www.mainesport.com.
If you are interested in learning more about Knox County Homeless Coalition or are interested in supporting their mission to break the cycle of homeless in our community, please visit https://www.homehelphope.org/.
About Maine Sport Outfitters
Maine Sport Outfitters was founded in 1976 by current owners Stuart and Marianne Smith. This family owned and operated business was built on the concept that providing quality products and excellent service would be essential for such a healthy-minded and outdoor enthusiast packed community as Midcoast Maine. While early product lines revolved around athletic apparel, the business quickly became engaged in the outdoor apparel and equipment industry.
About Knox County Homeless Coalition
Knox County Homeless Coalition is the only dedicated homeless services organization with outreach throughout Knox, Waldo and parts of northern Lincoln County— helping families achieve sustainable independence and a hopeful future. Their client-focused approach begins with building trusting relationships, identifies and builds on an individual’s strengths and simultaneously works to break down barriers to independence. KCHC is committed to delivering all services with respect, dignity and genuine caring. They also innovate around systemic change to solve root causes of homelessness in the Midcoast through collaboration.
KCHC’s success rate of sustainability, for clients who remain engaged in the full program is 92%. Programs include: Hospitality House Family Shelter; comprehensive case management; The Landing Place Youth Program; transportation; emergency services and supply store; and outbound food distribution and pantry.