Now that Spring is finally here, the Spring Cleaning rituals have begun. This is a great time of the year to box up all your unwanted clothing, towels and linens and make much needed donations to your local homeless shelters and resource centers! Jeans, shoes, suits, dresses, jackets, sweaters, blankets — all are needed in every size and age bracket. It’s simple, easy and not only will you feel good about all that extra closet space but you’ll be making someone’s daily life so much better!
[Pick up an inexpensive package of new clean socks on your way — those are a much appreciated and much needed commodity for the homeless!]
Today is the first day of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (November 16- 24, 2013).
“As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, people take time to consider what they’re thankful for and donate some of their time, attention and resources to those less fortunate. In the spirit of thankfulness and giving, each year the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness set aside the week prior to Thanksgiving to sponsor the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
One in six American families live below their respective poverty thresholds. Three out of four states saw an increase in both the number and percentage of people living in poverty. Fifty million Americans live in food insecure households, including more than seventy million children who go to bed hungry nightly. Three and a half Americans will experience homelessness this year. One hundred and seven thousand are United States military veterans.
This year, NCH recognizes its 30th Anniversary, marking a long and difficult road toward ending homelessness, but prompting even more substantial initiatives to address the root causes of homelessness.”
For a wealth of info and how you can help make others in your community aware of all the complicated aspects of this ever-growing problem, check out this link:
This is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. A great time to find out more about an ever-growing problem — the causes, misconceptions and the solutions. The link below has a wealth of important info and resources that will educate and show how to help in your community.
“Each year more than 1.6 million children are homeless at some point in their lives, and that number is increasing (The National Center on Family Homelessness). Along with losing their home, community, friends, and routines as well as their sense of stability and safety, many homeless youth are also victims of trauma. While trying to survive on the streets, youth are exposed to countless dangers, with an increased likelihood of substance abuse, early parenthood, impulsivity, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and a vulnerability to being trafficked.”
“It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. Serve and thou shall be served.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson