As temperatures drop, King Estate Winery has leveraged a $10,000 matching gift to St. Vincent de Paul’s Egan Warming Center program with a challenge to all community members to give to SVdP and other nonprofits of their choice to ensure no one is left outside on a dangerously cold night. Most Egan Warming Center sites will be activated tonight, Wed., Nov. 27. Updates are available at www.eganwarmingcenter.com. King Estate’s $10,000 gift will be used to purchase 200 lightweight, cushiony sleeping mats to replace the worn gym-style mats used for the past 11 years. The King family urges the community to step up and will match gifts to SVdP, dollar for dollar up to $10,000, through Dec 12. Additionally, donations made on #GivingTuesday, Dec 3, will be matched 2:1 if additional matching gifts are made to SVdP. “It is going to be a chilly Thanksgiving week,’’ said Ed King, CEO & Co-Founder of King Estate Winery. “Let’s challenge one another to come together and rally behind local nonprofits of your choice to do what we can to get everyone sheltered from these dangerous conditions.” "We are thankful for King Estate Winery's generous support and call to action," said Tim Black, St. Vincent de Paul's Winter Strategies Coordinator. "Our volunteers and community partners are working hard over this cold holiday week to provide a safe, warm place for our unhoused guests. Every gift helps." When activated, Egan sites close at 7:30am, just as SVdP’s Eugene Service Station on Hwy 99N is opening for day services. Trained volunteers and SVdP employees provide staffing. Volunteer information is available at www.eganwarmingcenter.com.
First published on 12/4/2019
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