Today a friend of mine and I decided to go out to dinner. We both love photography so we decided to go into the city of West Chester, grab a bite and take some photos along the way. I remembered that I had been looking up some homeless shelters and there was one in West Chester. I recently went to the dollar store and picked up some gloves and socks. I have been wanting to go into the city to hand them out with my family, but somehow time went by too fast! I thought this could be the perfect place because sometimes homeless shelters have to turn people away, but maybe they could give them something to keep warm with the harsh winter coming. We went to Safe Harbor to drop off the things, but when we got there no one seemed to be there. We saw someone go in before us but I didn't even think that we should get her attention. There was a little door where you could enter one and then there was the office window before the next. At the door we saw a check in sheet for the people who were staying to write in. Because there wasn't anyone there we put the bag on the table. That way as the people come in for the evening they could get a small treat if they wanted. I hope this was okay and if not it's just a few dollars of socks and gloves! My favorite part about it was that I got to do it anonymously. I hope that it was able to make some people happy tonight! If you're ever at the dollar store and have an extra dollar or even five dollars to spend why not get some gloves or tooth paste. Shelters have wish lists and need lists all the time on their websites for needs they are looking for. They also have instructions of how to give it to them. Little things like this can change people's lives.
Last semester in college I had the opportunity to go on a homeless shelter trip. We were able to go to two shelters to help serve dinner and meet with people as well as help in a mobile missions. The mobile missions was my favorite part because we got to go out into the streets late at night (so it was the true homeless people) and hand out socks, gloves, coats and anything that could help someone out. It was truly an opportunity because it is unsafe to go out by yourself and hand things out, but through this it was safe with a company. It was amazing to see all the people come and eagerly take things that would help them in so many ways. I gave one couple some gloves and immediately they put them on their hands to keep warm in the cold night. Some people asked for cardboard because they needed a dry one to sleep on. Another person begged me for another pair of socks, when I was only allowed to give out one pair of the thick ones. It is amazing to see the amount of need some people are in and if we just took some of our time and money to purchase things for them that they can't purchase on their own it can change their lives. If you're interested in donating items to the mobile missions I added their website below with all of the information. Check out their website for other things as well, it is amazing what they do!! I've also added Safe Harbor's website (the homeless shelter in West Chester) if you're interested in donating there. The link goes right to their wish list. Almost every homeless shelter has a need or wish list. Homeless shelters and people all over the world are in need of your help and you'd be amazed what even a dollar could do to change their lives.