BREAKING! Settlers of Catan is featured on this week’s Parks and Rec.
Just a reminder, as the temps drop, the number of homeless showing up in shelters skyrockets across the country. Shelters are currently scrambling for beds and supplies to care for their needs. If you can spare a few bucks for your local shelter, or ask what they need, it may be…
Actually. I know from experience. Not just volunteering, but staying in shelters.
If you wanted to help shelters both for men and women there’s three big ways.
First: Money, there’s very few if any government run overnight shelters for the homeless. They rely heavily on donations to operate.
Second: Toiletries: ALL not some, ALL shelters need donations for personal hygiene items. They don’t have to be fancy or even anything beyond dollar store. Just get lots. the most needed items are usually
- Razors and shave cream
- Feminine hygiene products
- Hand and skin cream
- Cough drops, lozenges, Tylenol and any other OTC items that prove useful for people who live exposed and often unable to receive regular medical contacts. Most shelters have a nurse or medic who helps out and they need as much of this stuff as they can get.
- Often those small travel bottles of toiletries you see at drug stores and Walmart are useful, It’s difficult to share a full size bottle of shampoo and requires some type of extra work. The travel bottles are easily distributed or saved by the recipient. Get those and you’re in like Flynn! (BTW the movie Being Flynn and the book its from called Another Bullshit Night In Suck City are great exposure to how shelters really are).
- Call them and ask. I GUARANTEE they have a list.
THIRD: what in the old days general stores would call Sundry Items.
- Underwear (men and women)
- T-Shirts - PLAIN T-Shirts. These people don’t need to wear your cast off vacation shirts if you can help it. It’s a little thing but sometimes a person will refuse a shirt just because of what is on it. It could be for many reasons. Just play it safe and get plain shirts.
- In colder places, gloves, hats and scarves.
- Books. My experience is that if a person living out there finds a good book, it can be the biggest pleasure they know.
- Pads of paper, notebooks, pens and pencils. Many shelters offer workshops and these help there. Or they can be given out (you’re here on Tumblr, you get how much it helps to just write)
- $5 phone and lower long distance cards. There’s always a need for these. For a million reasons. Don’t get any higher value ones though. They tend to just get traded out for…whatever. Or they never leave the office.
- Laundry soap and softeners and bleach - for the shelter. Many have laundry facilities and this is the only way these people get clean clothes.
- Cleaning supplies. That stuff is costly and for every $5 going to floor cleaner it’s $5 less in the budget for feet on the ground services.
- Call them and ask. I GUARANTEE they have a list.
This is a basic list and different places may need different things. Most places don’t want food and such UNLESS THEY ASK FOR THEM! Don’t try to foist off your leftover pumpkin pie filling!
Also don’t be whimsical. This is real, man. You have a 3 lbs bag of jelly beans, you may think ‘Oh I bet it’ll be the sunshine in their dark day’. Nope! They’ll sit in the corner untouched because it’s just damn impractical. Same goes for trying to “personalize” donations. It’s demeaning and unnecessary. These guys and gals don’t need a note telling them “You’re beautiful!” tucked into their socks. Save the spreading sunshine for Tumblr. Put it on a picture of some teenage chick staring at the water. This isn’t about you. The streets are a motherfucker and the needs there are real, tactile and practical.
Finally, if you practice a faith OF ANY KIND. Please don’t include that, Bibles, Korans or any other articles of faith while meaningful to you. And heartwarming and hopeful. In the face of a person struggling to be alive it’s just rude. It’s like saying “Well if you just did this, you wouldn’t be like that” and it is condescending and insulting. Homelessness is homelessness, not a lack of spiritual fiber. There’s a time and place to save souls, if that’s your thing, but making a donation laced with religious items is not it. It just says one thing to these guys and gals; I am doing this only to further MY agenda. And we all hate having someone else’s agenda heaped on us.
Mostly remember, these are people. They have a lot of reasons for being where they are. None of them are your business. Sure some of the donations will get sold, stolen and traded. I’ve seen crack dealers wearing mighty nice jeans just after a van load of clothes came in from Levi’s. But most of the donations go to help, I guarantee that. Most go to those that are simply asking for compassion and who have a real need. When you give to a shelter and they in turn share out what you give, it helps. Because man I tell you, nothing restores yourself than the feeling of a shower and shave and clean socks and underwear after living for weeks in the same one or two pairs and occasional whore’s bath in a gas station bathroom. You feel a little better about you, when you’re clean. You don’t gain a whole bus load of hope and the feeling anything is possible. You just…Feel better. You dig?
My own story: I spent a Christmas in a homeless shelter and got a bag with socks, underwear and small toiletries and a gift card for coffee or donuts. Nothing too much to carry (remember homeless people don’t have linen closets, pantries and junk drawers) and it was maybe the nicest gift I could have gotten. It made me feel a little less separate from the rest of the world as I sat on the bunk and opened my little present. It made the day a little less sad.
Hey dude who I don’t follow or follow me who originally posted this, sorry for the hijack, but I thought it was important.
the animators for this movie had a snowflake generator so that every single snowflake in the movie was different and if you don’t think that’s really punk rock idk what to tell u
shame they couldn’t do that with women’s faces
Step 12: Place uncovered bowl of kittens in a warm place until they rise, about 30 min.