Sleeping bags for Eugene's homeless: 'This is the heart of our community'

      EUGENE, Ore. -- Jane Elliot says she went to the park Friday to play in the snow, only to find members of Eugene's homeless community trying to stay warm.

      "There were all these footprints going into the park and I was like 'Who would be in the park today?Nobody's coming out unless they have to be out here.' And then I realized, they do," said Elliot.

      The 28-year-old said she wanted to make a change, so she started a "Hope Mob" fundraiser to garner support. So far she's raised nearly $800 to buy sleeping bags for programs like the Eugene Mission.

      "I think a lot of people have money and they want to help, and so this is something that we could do right now," said Elliot.

      She says the project has 3 weeks to raise enough money to buy 250 low-temperature sleeping bags for the community. Those interested in donating can visit her Hope Mob page.

      Mission director Jack Tripp says the giving nature of Oregonians is what makes the place so special.

      "I just praise the lord for her, and I just say this is the heart of our community," said Tripp.