The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter is looking for donations of warm clothing, to be handed out to its patrons.

Winter is a brutal time in Maine, but most of us get through it pretty well because we have warm homes and the outdoor essentials. But for the homeless population, something as simple as a wool hat or a pair of warm socks makes a huge difference. The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter keeps warm supplies on hand, to be given out to any of their patrons who are going without. But, as you can imagine, their shelves get bare pretty quickly.

So, they're currently accepting donations of warm hats, mittens, gloves, and anything else that will help keep people warm. One of their most in-demand item is new, warm socks, and they need donations of those as well. Seaboard Federal Credit Union is holding its annual 'Socks in a Box' promotion, collecting donations of warm socks at several of its locations, or you can purchase socks online. Those donations will be divided between the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, the Shaw House, and the Emmaus Shelter in Ellsworth.

The Bangor Area Homeless Shelter can also use donations for their food pantry, including peanut butter, tuna, and canned chicken. Coffee is always welcomed, especially now that the shelter has plans to turn its lobby into a warming center for the winter.

Donations can be dropped off at the shelter, 263 Main Street in Bangor.