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Praise to the shelters that help the homeless

By: Jessica Urgiles-- 2015-02-13 5:27 pm --

Three cheers for the people and organizations behind our nation’s homeless shelters. Their dedication is a huge commitment to a portion of our population that many people would prefer to ignore.

DollarDays is sensitive to the needs of the shelters and the homeless. Each winter, DollarDays donates $15,000 worth of socks, blankets and warm winter clothing to shelters around the country in an effort to help lessen the burden on the shelters.

Shelters provide the homeless with a lot more than just a place to sleep for the night. From the bare necessities to items needed to get back on their feet, shelters have the tremendous responsibility of caring for people during their most difficult times. 

Here are a few of the many ways that homeless shelters help the less fortunate:

1. They provide clothing

Seasonally appropriate attire doesn’t only prevent temperature-related deaths, but it boosts the confidence of those navigating through a society that isn’t always kind to people who are homeless. Shirts, warm sweaters and pants can all be purchased in bulk wholesale to clothe an entire shelter. Most shelters stock up on socks, underwear, t- shirts, shoes and flip flops. Shelters that weather cold winters are especially keen on keeping large supplies of warm gloves, hats and scarves, as well as jackets, to help those in need survive the winter.

2. Socks and shoes are staple

Comfortable footwear is paramount since the homeless are often on their feet all day. One of the greatest gifts for the homeless is clean, warm socks, and plenty of them. Buying cheap socks in bulk is a staple of all shelters helping the homeless. Items like flip flops and sneakers are an inexpensive way of keeping feet protected throughout the seasons.

3. First Aid Supplies

Basic first aid supplies such as bandages, antiseptic wipes and gauze pads help prevent infections. For those without medical care available, first aid kits are often the only remedy for an injury. Proactively supplying items for emergencies helps keep the homeless self-sufficient and able to deal with injuries without seeking professional medical care.

4. They aid in daily personal hygiene care

Travel-size toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, deodorant, lotion, razors and feminine hygiene products are always needed. Since daily showering isn’t guaranteed, shampoo brushes are an effective way of maintaining a clean scalp between showers. Baby wipes are must-haves for staying clean between bathing opportunities.

5. They provide blankets and sleeping bags

Shelters tend to be overcrowded and with temperatures dropping significantly at night, blankets and sleeping bags are sometimes the only bed the homeless have. Stocking up on warm fleece blankets and sleeping bags ensures that those without a bed can stay warm.

6. They offer sunscreen

Most skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun. Given the amount of time that the homeless spend outdoors, sunscreen is crucial to protect their skin. Most shelters buy travel size sunscreen in bulk to give to the homeless they serve.

7. They feed very hungry people

Shelters keep easy-to-carry, nonperishable food, such as tuna and fruit snacks, in their pantries for the homeless to keep in their backpacks to snack on during the day. Many shelters provide two or three meals per day for the homeless they serve.

8. They provide backpacks

Once provided the necessary items to survive, the homeless need a portable way to store them. Backpacks are one of the most requested items by shelters for this reason. DollarDays is known for its vast selection of bulk backpacks in all sizes.

9. They provide hope during difficult times that most of us can’t imagine

Words of encouragement and emotional support are some of the most important things you can give to the homeless. 

Visit our Pinterest board of essential items homeless shelters need all year long.