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Volunteers Gather Leftover Items at Firefly for Homeless

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Rundele looks at left-behind sleeping bag (Photo: WBOC) Rundele looks at left-behind sleeping bag (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del. - As the campers began leaving The Woodlands after a long weekend at Firefly Music Festival, volunteers for Code Purple came to gather left behind items to give to the homeless.

Corey White-Fox and Jacob Dimmick are two of the 90,000 attendants, who said in order to camp out, they need a lot of gear.

"Sleeping bags, tent for sure, ponchos... tarps, a lot of tarps, a lot of towels," they said. "We've got like a big thing of food."

Dimmick added that people often leave items behind.

"Some people are just so done with today," he said. "I just want to go home and everything so they're like I'll just leave it, who cares."

A few years ago, John Rundele and some others noticed the trend, and this year teamed up with Code Purple, a local charity that provides shelter and clothing when temperatures drop below freezing.

Some 200 volunteers came Monday morning to scour the campgrounds. Some items campers left a purple tag on so organizers know they are meant to be donated.

"Some of it is $200 tents that are left here or just sleeping bags, brand new sleeping bags with the receipts still next to them," Rundele said. "We're getting really good stuff for the homeless in the area."

Sponsors provided moving trucks and laundry services and Delaware Department of Transportation is even helping with transportation and volunteers.

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