Bakersfield family collecting sleeping bags for homeless, need community's help

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A Bakersfield family has decided to collect sleeping bags for the homeless this holiday season. 

The family started a non-profit several years ago to help foster care children.

The idea to collect the sleeping bags came from 10-year-old Savannah Arnold.

"I was driving with my mom and  saw a man holding a sign asking for money. Then I wondered where he sleeps and how he stays warm," said Savannah.

The family's nonprofit group is called Charitable Nest. They have passed out flyers in the community as well as through social media and have about 19 sleeping bags on hand.

"It really touched my heart that my daughter wanted to reach out and help those in need," said Robin Arnold.

The family hopes to collect at least 100 sleeping bags. They are planning to distribute the sleeping bags to the homeless on December 22 and t asking the community to help them reach their goal.

"There is a desperate need to bring some warm to these people that don't have a home, or bed or blankets. So a sleeping bag can help out tremendously,"said Robin Arnold.

For more information about the sleeping bag project and how you can help. Visit or call 661-213-4233.

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