There was a really nice fundraiser last week at 78th Street Studio a facility that I had no idea existed in Cleveland. Spending most of my existence on the East Side, I cannot understand how I missed this place. It is a giant warehouse full of artists from all different media. It is definitely worth a walk through. Thanks to RA Washington, Katie Daily, and Russell Vidrick for performing poetry at the #SocksPlus benefit last week. I recorded Vidrick years ago when I did a poetry show on WRUW-FM 91.1 so it was nice to see him again.
Community West Foundation also held a #SocksPlus campaign this weekend in the Gordon Square area. We are nearing the end of the second round of boots and backpacks that we are distributing on the streets of Cleveland. We are purchasing new items for the upcoming month. We are focusing on keeping people dry over the next few months. We will have a backpack and boots but also rain ponchos, sleeping bags and tents available. We are still working on building relationships with people to get them inside.
We received a large number of hygiene items from Fairview Hospital this last week. People have been dropping off socks at the Community West Foundation and sending it to both us from Amazon.com. We received blankets from Pat Catans and some additional panels to be made into additional blankets. People have dropped off comforters, and winter items. We have delivered boxes of clothing to the Cosgrove Center for their weekly giveaways. We have also involved a couple of additional partners to giveaway the items. Last weekend, we had a family drop off backpacks full of small gifts and hygiene items for homeless people. And we are still getting blankets for our blanket drive. We gave a little over 100 blankets to 2100 Lakeside this week.
One item that we have not gotten as many as we had hoped through our blanket drive is towels or wash cloths. Many of the outreach workers have been calling asking for towels, but we really have not seen many donated this week. We are still doing the blanket drive for another month.
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