The distribution of coats, blankets and other warm items to the homeless and impoverished is an ongoing process. We currently use organizations that are already doing great work in serving the homeless. We chose these organizations because they’re established and we’ve worked with them before with very positive results.
Dallas: Our Calling is taking all of the adult sized coats and blankets that we can provide to them. (see photos and story here). Our Calling helps the homeless in many ways, reaching out to the Dallas area homeless community with search and rescue missions. They will distribute the coats and blankets on Thanksgiving Day during the turkey day lunch & dinner where they serve and enjoy friendship with hundreds of downtown Dallas’s homeless.
Check out their website to learn more about the wonderful work they’re doing. They also have a volunteer schedule for adults and families to participate. Sign up now!
Denton County: Friends of the Family is dedicated to providing compassionate, comprehensive services to those impacted by rape, sexual abuse, and domestic violence, while partnering with our community to promote safety, healing, and prevention. They have a shelter full of women and children who are greatly blessed by the coats we are able to provide.
Dallas: Dallas Life is the largest homeless shelter in North Texas. We delivered 500 coats for men, women and children to them on November 15th, 2011. (see photos and story here) Many of the suburban homeless in our area go here, as all of the suburban shelters are operating at maximum capacity.
Arlington: Mission Arlington is doing some amazing work with the homeless and impoverished. They have been a huge distributor of children’s coats. Most of our adult coats go to Our Calling and we’re usually getting about half of our donations in kid’s sizes.
Dallas: Many of our blankets go to Operation Care as part of their Christmas party. For more details on volunteering for that event, click here.
Nuevo Laredo, Mexico: Casa Hoga Elim is an orphanage that currently has over 100 kids. We’ve gotten a lot of kids coats and baby blankets that will help them greatly. We also go out into the colonias to bring these items into an extremely impoverished area. They have no electricity or running water. Temperatures in Mexico aren’t as extreme as North Texas, but it does get cold enough to generate a need for these items.
McKinney: The Samaritan Inn will get any of the leftover adult size coats and many of the kids coats. They can also take the additional blankets. The Samaritan Inn is more than just a place to spend the night. It is a holistic program that teaches self-sufficiency and life skills. This is the only homeless shelter in Collin County.
North Texas: We are helping many of the ISD’d get coats and blankets to homeless teens through Frisco Youth Initiative. We provide these items as requested during the cold season. Most suburban homeless teens are ‘couch surfing’ and cannot afford these items on their own.
We will have many more opportunities to distribute coats as they come into us. If you’re interested in helping in any way, please look on our events & volunteer opportunities page and like our Facebook page where we post many of these. Thanks!