Stories from the Basement

Stories from the Basement: December 2017

By Donna Clark RN, Director

Life here at H.O.P.E., Inc. has been hectic to put it mildly. The generosity of the community is overwhelming and we had a good response to our plea for help with our dental program and our annual campaign. WMDT donated 200 coats that had to be divided up in sizes and stored. Our space is small and as you can imagine we have coats everywhere. Other wonderful people are putting together kits for the homeless. These are made out of Crystal Light canisters and filled with 2 disposable tooth brushes, hand wipes, Chap Stick, cough drops, mints, comb, flash light, and a nail file. If you use Crystal Light save those containers and contact me to send them on to these wonderful people who put the kits together.

Today we have had people dropping off more coats, pop top food, and other food items to give to the homeless, blankets, hats and gloves. A Christ United Methodist Church group is crocheting mats out of plastic bags to use to keep the cold from chilling the homeless when they sleep on the ground. What a wonderful time of the year. Those in need know when we receive things and we are nonstop busy. Today we saw 59 different people and were able to meet most of their needs. The air is chilled with the coming snow and blankets have been a priority for them.

Thank you, each and every one of you who have donated items or money. You are making a difference in our community.