Homeless advocate collecting propane tanks to prevent people from freezing to death

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WASHINGTON DC -- For Jay Harriott seeing his project to feed the homeless grow from a one person operation to an organization that fed more than 500 people over just one holiday this past year isn't enough.

Harriott is asking for the public's help in a new mission to keep homeless men, women and families warm this winter.

The founder of The 25th Project is collecting propane tanks to distribute to the homeless to try and prevent hypothermia deaths this winter in the DMV.

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Propane tanks collected by The 25th Project with be given to homeless men and women this winter.

"About 3 years ago we said we're going to concentrate on propane in the winter to make sure that our homeless friends are good," said Harriott.

Harriott said company and personal donations have helped him secure about 50 tanks so far and he thinks that will get most of the people he helps through February.

Harriott has worked with the homeless for the last 14 years. It began with an idea one Thanksgiving to share a meal for eight with seven people without a home.

Harriott now organizes 200 volunteers at a time who help pack meals and hand deliver them to those in need.

Sometimes that takes Harriott to tent villages where homeless families rely on battery-powered items for their necessities.

Harriott would like to make life a little easier for those families by collecting as many propane tanks as possible to distribute them within homeless camps in Northern Virginia, Washington DC and now in Southern Maryland.

The 25th Project just finished a Chili Cookout benefit in January and is collecting socks and soup for it's February project.

Here is a link to The 25th Project for more information about the organization.

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