Help support the homeless in your community
The Following is a list of needed items. Please take what you can to any agency providing homeless services. This list is something the younsters in your Church or community organization as well as individuals can contribute to any time of the year. All of these items are in need year around. Your youth groups will have fun collecting these.
The list was developed by a local service agency in my community: Sweetwater Valley Camp in Austell Ga. They provide a free food pantry (set up like a grocery store) a free clothing pantry (set up like a retail clothing store) a medical facility (including dental care) and many other services out of a beautifully well-maintained building. The list was developed in conjunction with Cobb Faith Partnership.
Batteries (AAA, AA, D)
Feminine hygiene products
Bibles & bookmarks
Tissues and/or Toilet paper
Toothbrushes and Toothpaste
Tents or shelters
Combs & brushes
Small lanterns with batteries
Coleman catalytic heaters
Travel size soaps, shampoos
Baby wipes or wet wipes
Shower utility room & 5 gallon solar shower bags (this product provides a private shower) You can get these at Target and Walmart type stores in camping aisles.
Reliance Solar Shower Spary $9.99 at Target/Amazon
Camping Super Solar Shower Gaian $18.00 (They also have shower poles and shower tents.
Link to a hanging solar shower bag $11.98 at Pinecreekoutdoors.com
I would add to this a list of homeless service providers in your community and a map (see Google) of their locations. Put the copy in a gallon size zip lock bag or laminate it.
Your local United Way web site will likely have a very complete list you can download or copy from.
Oldtimer’s comment: Wanderingvet added a very useful comment below for a personal hygiene kit, which I’ve recopied below. Put it all into a gallon size ziplock bag.
Personal Hygiene Kit
Tooth Paste (recommend Tom’s of Maine)
Dental Floss (not only for flossing, for clothes line, and stringing rocks in cans around campsite in urban areas),
Plenty of Bandaids (a lot of heel blisters)
Listerine (mouth wash yes, but very antiseptic also for cuts),
deodorant (pits get stinky),
Razor (Mach3 works best), soap (love that irish spring soap shave also),
nail clippers (keep them short to keep bacteria minimal),
Anti-diarrheal tablets (you do not want the runs)
At a dollar store this list retails about $11.00
And I keep this all in a ziploc freezer bag. A Very Large One as it crushes down well for packing
You can find wandering vet’s great site here: WanderingVet
(Find his original comment below)