Facebook post helps hundreds of homeless people

Posted December 11, 2013 --- 10:11 p.m.

A facebook movement is changing the lives of hundreds, and shows us how it's hoping to help Madison's homeless.

It started out as just an idea and a simple facebook post, Tim Metcalfe wrote to his friends and followers to see if anyone could donate some spare winter coats and sleeping bags, but it turned into so much more.

"I did that on a Saturday morning and I came into my office on Monday and it was half full with blankets, sleeping bags, and gloves and hand warmers."

Coat after coat, box after box, pallet after pallet, the basement of Metcalfe's Market filled up with donations.

"People have really opened up their hearts and their wallets and have really come through."

Dee Dee Collette, with Friends of the State Street Family says it's awful for the homeless during these cold winter days.

"Just imagine that your shoes are falling apart and your toes are cold and your socks are wet and how nice it is to get into the house and change your socks, some people don't have that option."

And Shane Patton knows first hand.

"Not having it just makes it harder to survive I guess, not having warm clothes in the wintertime you can get frostbite."

He says just getting a new pair of boots makes all the difference.

"It feels good to have a good support system through the power of the communities, I'm just thankful for everything."

Dee Dee says they've collected far more than they could possibly hand out on the streets tonight. So all of the extras will be going to 8 different organizations that regularly help the homeless.

"A little crazy perhaps, but it's wonderful if I had to have any problem it would be wondering what to do with these things."

"I feel great, I feel loved, like the community cares."

The donations came in from all over. The CEO of Land's End saw Tim's facebook post and decided to donate $30,000 worth of new coats, hats, boots and gloves.

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