We are fully into spring right now and sure have the rain coming down, and then summer will be on its way soon. I wonder what is the best way to help those down at Monroe Park right now. I now it’s going to be really wet but I know some have said that the trees down there provide pretty good cover. But I can’t imagine great cover. I know there are probably some other places around there that are covered that they will probably go and get out of the rain. Would umbrellas be good right now? Or maybe rain ponchos?
We are planning to make a request for items at our church. I was looking around online and it seems for homeless collection drives it’s about the same list of items that we’re thinking about. Here’s a collection drive from 2006:
Help the Homeless Collection Drive for Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston (HHH)
Please join us for the toiletry drive in the spirit of reaching out to those who are not as fortunate as many of us to have a stable home, family, or even proper meal. See wish list below for the items we will be collecting. We would like to invite you to participate in a great service event that helps the homeless in Houston.
Much-needed basics: white socks, new underwear (men’s, women’s, children’s — all sizes), feminine hygiene products, insect repellent with DEET, bottled water (pint/half liter).
Personal hygiene items: soap, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss, shampoo, combs, brushes, washcloths, hand/body lotion, tissues (small packets), band aids.
Health/hygiene kits: Packaged in gallon size zip-type bags. Personal hygiene items as listed above, wash cloths, bandana.
I found when looking around online a group called Hats for the Homeless (via Knitting for Charity) – which started as knitting items for the homeless and grew. Sounds like a great idea to me. We’ve pondered a bit about if we could/should have some catchy name like that. The initial thought was ‘T-Shirts and Toiletries’ or something…
Last thing online – a collection of “10 Brilliant Ads from Around the World” for homelessness awareness. Some of them I really liked including this one:
I recently saw a guy on Midlothian Turnpike who wasn’t homeless, but was hungry. He said he had moved out here and is trying to get a job but is paying more than he can afford for an apartment. I gave him what I had at the time. I wonder how he’s doing. His name was Larry. Wasn’t looking for any clothes (which I could have given him) either. Totally different needs isn’t it?