It’s that time again. Every year our school works hard to help those in need. Poverty is in every city of every state. Everyone should do their part to help. We are collecting donations to help those who are less fortunate. All donations are welcome. This year our focus is keeping everyone warm.
Poverty Affects Almost Everyone
Poverty affects so many aspects of a person’s life. One struggle is the basic need of simply keeping warm. There are whole families in need of coats, jackets, and blankets. A warm bed is something many of us take for granted. Our homeless citizens have special needs in that they often have nothing other than their clothes to keep the cold away.
What to Bring
Coats, jackets, and blankets are largely in demand by impoverished families. Keeping children properly protected from the cold is difficult. You may not want to wear year’s winter clothes because they are out of style or faded. For many children, last year’s clothes are not an option. They may no longer fit or possibly be too worn to provide proper protection and warmth. Adults and teens are also in need. The coats and jackets that do nothing more than take up space in your closet can make a big difference in another person’s life.
Blankets are another in demand item. Family’s who struggle to make ends meet simply cannot afford the large increase in their electric bill that comes from keeping their home warm. Often, the cost of basic mantainence to keep their home heating system in working order is also an issue. When I ask for blankets I’m not talking about the goose down blankets you use every night, but please bring your extra blankets, the ones in the closest, anything you don’t need. Blankets are desperately needed to help compensate for this problem.
Our homeless population has their own unique issues when it comes to staying warm. Unfortunately, those who have to endure homelessness have more obstacles than most of us can imagine. They must carry all of their belongs with them at all times, or risk losing them. Many opt to carry nothing more than a change of clothes in a backpack. During the summer months blankets and heavy clothing may become lost or too much to carry and left behind. Every winter begins a new struggle to stay warm. It’s not just a matter of staying warm, every year in the United States a small percentage of our homeless population die without protection from the cold.
Please help us by collecting donations from your neighbors, family, and friends. If we all work together we can make this winter more bearable for those who are the most vulnerable.