Many homeless are remembered during National Homeless Persons Memorial Day

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YAKIMA Wa. -- Dozens of homeless people have died this year in the Yakima County which is why community members are getting together to show their support and give back.

A memorial service and candlelight vigil was done at the Millennium plaza to remember the homeless people that died this year.

Because of National Homeless Persons Memorial Day Triumph Treatment Services also hosted an event at the Union Gospel Mission to give away backpacks full of winter gear, provide free haircuts, refreshments and resources.

Michelle Sabalza who has been living at Camp Hope for over a year now says things haven’t been easy for her so she is thankful to be receiving these gifts.

“This is so great you don’t even know you know this could be my pillow tonight it really, you know it makes me so blessed," said Sabalza.

Kimberly Hitchcock with Triumph says they do this every year to help people that are living in the streets especially during winter.

“I think it’s just important that people have an awareness that this is a huge issue not just in Yakima but in the nation," said Hitchcock.

She says many homeless people have died because of chronic illness, substance abuse or they have been victims of a crime.

Hitchcock says this is a good opportunity to remember these men and women as individuals who left a full life behind.

“Just because people are homeless, they’re human, they shouldn’t be stigmatized and they deserve to have a day like this to be remembered and to get some things for Christmas as well," said Hitchcock.

She says this day is not only to bring awareness to homeless people in our county but also for the community to reach out and look at ways you can help.

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