ST. PAUL – In an effort to help those who are experiencing homelessness with basic necessities, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) will provide “Care on the Go” packages that will include toiletries and clothing items. These packages will be handed out by the State Patrol and staff from other DPS divisions when they encounter someone who is homeless throughout the year, but especially during the winter season.
Along with DPS employees, the agency is asking the public to help by donating the following items to fill the packages:
- White t-shirts (size large, or extra large)
- White or black tube socks
- Personal/travel size body wash, deodorant, and shampoo
- Personal/travel size toothbrush and toothpaste
- Personal/travel size wet wipes
- Packs of 8 oz. (small) bottled water
- Granola or protein bars
- Ziploc baggies (gallon size)
“People who are experiencing homelessness have very little in the way of basic items that we sometimes take for granted. Care on the Go packages will not solve the problem of homelessness, but they are something we can provide to a person during a difficult time in their life,” said DPS Assistant Commissioner Booker Hodges.
Community donations will be accepted at any of the following DPS locations. DPS is asking that all donations be dropped off by Tuesday, December 31.
1430 Maryland Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55106
3700 North Norris Court NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Driver Exam Station locations:
Arden Hills 5400 Old Hwy 8, New Brighton MN 55112
Eagan 2070 Cliff Road, Eagan MN 55122
Plymouth 2455 Fernbrook Ln, Plymouth MN 55447
Rochester 1633 North Broadway, Rochester MN 55906
Mankato 2161 Bassett Drive, Mankato MN 56001
Marshall 601 N Highway 59, Marshall MN 56258
Detroit Lakes 1000 Highway 10, Detroit Lakes MN 56501
St. Cloud 3333 W Division St, St. Cloud MN 56303
Duluth 4602 Grand Ave, Duluth MN 55807
Bemidji 111 2nd Street, Bemidji MN 56601
DPS Central Location:
445 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101 (Skyway level reception area, or DVS location on the ground level)
MSP District locations:
District 2100, 2900 48th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901
District 2200, 2171 Bassett Dr, Mankato, MN 56001
District 2300, 1800 E College Dr, Marshall, MN 56258
District 2400, 3489 Hadley Ave N, Oakdale, MN 55128
District 2500, 2005 N Lilac Dr, Golden Valley, MN 55422
District 2600, 3725 12th St N, St. Cloud, MN 56303
District 2700, 1131 Mesaba Ave, Duluth, MN 55811
District 2800, 7694 Industrial Park Rd #2, Baxter, MN 56425
District 2900, 1000 Highway 10 W, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
District 3100, 101 N Hoover Rd #100, Virginia, MN 55792
District 3200, 242 125th Ave NE, Thief River Falls, MN 56701.
About the Minnesota Department Public Safety
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.