One of our friends who lives outside saw the post about donations needed in the summer and wanted to add a few things to the list. We give out items all year round, (click on the link to view our list) but here are a few things that we need for the summer:
- Rope and plastic canvases especially larger plastic with ring holes for the rope are very helpful. This is to fortify places against the elements.
- Blankets--we are actually out of blankets right now. We are overwhelmed with blankets in the winter, but at a loss in the summer.
- Tents are at a premium during the summer, and we can always use those portable for the guys who decide not to utilize the overcrowded shelters.
- Towels, washcloths and sheets. We typically give most of the sheets to the shelters, but most homeless people need towels and washcloths. These are big items that go really fast when we get them in.
During the summer the number of families increase, and over the last three years this has been especially acute. We have had to start busing families to an overflow center to serve everyone asking for shelter during the summer. This overflow center is closing this month, and I have no idea what will happen to families in September. I have not heard from anyone what will happen if more families show up asking for shelter than we have beds. Here are a few items that the Coordinated Intake could use:
- Baby Formula and small new play toys
- Diapers and car seats
- Strollers and snacks for young kids (breakfast bars, dried fruit, dry cereal, etc.)
If you have items for those living outside or for Coordinated Intake, you can drop them at NEOCH and we will get them to the appropriate people seeking help. You may ask, "Why do I have to drop them off when some groups come out and pick them up?" That is true that there are groups that pick up clothing and household items, but those groups often sell their items to fund their transportation and storage. We are not spending our time going to the suburbs to pick up items. We are spending our time distributing the items donated to those seeking help. If you want to guarantee that the items you donate will go to people in need for FREE, then you have to do part of the work. You will have to drop them off at those groups who are distributing the items to those living in the shelters or on the streets. If you don't mind that a percentage of your donation is sold to make money for the non-profit then call one of those groups who comes around to pick up your gently used items.
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