Eugene (KMTR) - A Eugene police officer's hard work once again pays off for the homeless.
For the fourth year, Officer Randy Ellis has collected donations to help keep homeless people warm during the winter.
This year, Officer Ellis has collected 75 sleeping bags, 100 hundred fleece blankets, countless jackets, sweats, gloves, socks, stocking caps and shoes. The agencies that will hand them out picked them up Thursday.
“I think it's incredible,” said Carla Ayers of Sponsors, Inc. “He as done so much for our organization, for the men and women we serve. I mean, they are getting an opportunity they wouldn't otherwise have.”
Ellis says he’s amazed by the experience and the help he’s gotten from other officers and citizens. “It shows the fact that people in the Eugene Police Department really care about other people,” Ellis says. “It shows everything we already knew about the citizens of Eugene; they care about everybody and want to help them.”The organizations that will distribute the items include Sponsors, Whitebird Clinic, First Christian Church, and St. Mary's Episcopal Church.