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As the Weather Gets Colder, The Nation's Homeless Clamor for Warmth

By: Brittany Engelmann-- 2016-10-19 7:00 am --

The weather is turning across the nation, with lows of 19 degrees Fahrenheit already being reported and some mountainous regions experiencing their first snow of the year. Add to that the category 5 hurricane, Hurricane Matthew, that swept the southeastern United States – the homeless of our country are undoubtedly scrambling for warmth and safety indoors. There are a lot of ways you can contribute to the nation’s homeless populations, enabling them to improve their circumstances in advance of winter.

Easy Ways to Improve the Lives of Homeless People this Winter

There are a lot of small ways you can contribute to your community and help empower and enrich the lives of homeless people. By volunteering time or donating resources, you can improve the operation of nearby homeless shelters, enabling them to increase their impact. Additionally, never underestimate the power of a smile. Even if you have nothing to give, most homeless people report feeling exceptionally lonely, especially now as the weather is turning and the holidays are approaching. By simply smiling and waving as you pass by homeless people on the street, you can leave a lasting imprint on their day.

The Top Items Needed by Homeless Shelters

Perhaps the best way to improve the lives of homeless people in your community is by donating the supplies they need the most. Here are some of the primary items needed by homeless shelters throughout the U.S.

1. Socks: Socks are cited as being the number one most needed item by homeless shelters. Why? In large part, because people rarely donate them! Oftentimes, people look to donate their old clothing, but nobody wants to donate a pair of old, smelly, hole-ridden socks. Yet, for homeless folks, socks are vital, as they promote warmth and hygiene. Consider stocking up on some new socks to donate to a local shelter, as it’s the item that’s always in scarce supply

2. Baby supplies: When people contemplate donating to shelters, they often envision homeless populations as being middle-aged or older. However, many parents find themselves homeless, resulting in children and infants residing in shelters as well. Baby supplies such as diapers, formula, and baby food are constant necessities.

3. Extra-large clothing: Homeless shelters receive lots of clothing donations, but often they accommodate people of average sizing. Homeless shelters often report receiving a shortage of XL and XXL clothing, leaving their larger clients unaccommodated.

4. Bulk food:
Food is always one of the most needed items by shelters, as it’s required for every person numerous times per day. All food donated should be unopened, non-perishable, and in packaging that can be opened by hand. Look for cans with a pop-top, so they can easily be opened without a can opener.

As the weather gets colder, many of the nation’s homeless are gearing up for a tough season ahead by stockpiling all of the clothing, food, and blankets they need to survive. By donating supplies to your local homeless shelter, you can improve the lives of those in your community, while ensuring they are well-equipped to survive the brisk nights. At DollarDays, we offer low prices on a variety of bulk supplies ranging from baby products to nonperishable food items. Visit our website today to learn more.