To date, the local nonprofit has distributed more than 7,500 masks to homeless residents.
Matthew's Hope, the Winter Garden-based nonprofit organization that assists homeless residents, is experiencing record numbers during the coronavirus pandemic.
According to founder Scott Billue, the organization is burning through its inventory of goods seven times faster than what it did before the pandemic.
"We are now nearing a 40% increase in the number of people we are serving — tripling the number of visits than pre-COVID 19," Billue said. "These numbers are overwhelming, and we are now beginning to visually seeing the homeless of our community, around the community, as we are unable to hide them in plain sight as we were prior to having to shut down showers, haircuts and our laundry service."
To date, Matthew's Hope has distributed more than 7,500 protective masks, more than 40,000 pounds of non-perishable food, more than 40,000 personal-hygiene items, more than 6,000 prepared meals and nearly 9,000 clothing items.
For more information or to assist in Matthew's Hope's mission, visit its website.