March 20, 2009

HOW DO YOU MAKE HOUSE A HOME? WITH CRAP!

“What is he going to ask me for this time?”

I hope and pray that doesn’t enter your head before you visit my blog.

I know I’ve asked for your time (Homeless Count) and money (PNS Christmas party and Back on My Feet), but I hope my appreciation – before, during and after – overshadowed the actual solicitation.

“Oh, crap…he’s laid out the poetic preface….here it comes…”

It’s funny you use the word “crap,” because that’s exactly what I’m looking for. I actually prefer the term “gently-used crap,” and I’m really only throwing the term “crap” around just to get your attention.

Got it? Good!

I am on a mission to adopt a client through Presbyterian Night Shelter, which means outfitting them with anything and everything they need once they move off the streets and have a place to call home.

In this particular instance, they don’t need your money or your time. They need some of your stuff!

This endeavor has been on my 101 List (No. 30) and something I eventually wanted it tackle, but the city of Fort Worth helped move it to the forefront. PNS was awarded $375,000 to help its clients move out of the Shelter and into housing as part of the city’s 10-year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.

Presbyterian Night Shelter launched Operation Move Out, and I’m calling on my army of do-gooders to earn their stripes.

In an e-mail from the PNS brass, it stated: “These folks are going to be moving out soon so we need help collecting furniture, toiletries and other basic necessities – these items are not included in the grant.”

TK and I have already done an inventory on things we can spare. I’m asking you to open the garage, crawl around in the attic, delve into that hall closet and help us personally adopt one client. (If you have a lot of stuff you need to get rid of….I promise that it won’t go to waste.)

Here is a list of all the items needed (the ones marked through are things TK and I have to donate.) Just like other drives that I’ve spearheaded, I will come pick your stuff up. (I want to make this as easy on you as possible.)

Check back to the blog periodically to see what items have already been donated.

In advance…I appreciate and applaud your willingness to give back.

Items that are needed for each client:

• Mattresses, box spring, bed frames (twin size)

• Sheets, pillows and pillow cases (twin size)

• Furniture including chairs, table, couch
– Living Room Chair
– Coffee table

Alarm clock

• Toiletry items such as shampoo, soap and toilet paper

• Towels and washcloths

• Cleaning supplies including brooms, mops and cleaning sprays

• Laundry detergent

Microwave

• Toaster

• TV

• Vacuum

• Kitchen items such as paper towels, rags, hot pads, measuring cups, etc. (PNS provides clients with plates, cups, utensils and a small set of cookware.)

• Monthly bus passes



2 comments:

Mike said...

Drew:

Again, great cause! A thought...since you have a recent endeavor with Craigslist, go back to the well. They have a section under "For Sale" called "Free."

Appropriately named, if you see something you like, you either be the first to pick it up or contact them to tell them you want it.

Along the same lines, perhaps, post a short request under "Free" stating what you are looking for or what you are doing.

And,of course, whatever I can do to assist, you know where to find me.

Mike

koleen said...

I'll do some spring cleaning this weekend to see what I can come up with.

ko

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