Rain, rain, go away! Or: Rain, rain, come this way! Either way, it’s difficult for our clients, who are often unsheltered and exposed to the weather. To help our clients cope with the changes, we accept a variety of items throughout the year. In central Texas, the weather can be just as weird as the residents!
This month, we are completely out of first aid kits, lip balm, and insect repellent. There are several other items that we could use more of as well – visit our What Do We Need? page to see everything we need (or don’t need).
ATXHAW’s top 5 items to donate for the spring season:
1) Sunscreen: Even though it’s not crazy hot yet, the sun is out all day long most days. Sunburn and skin cancers can be easily prevented by wearing sunscreen.
2) Emergency blankets: The feedback we’ve gotten from our clients is that these don’t do much for warmth, but they are an excellent moisture barrier. Emergency blankets can be used as cover when it rains, or put on the ground to make a dry sleeping area.
3) Insect repellent: The state bird of Texas is the
mockingbird mosquito. Bites are itchy and can become infected when scratched.
4) First aid kits: Whether it’s for a grazed knuckle from setting up a sleeping bag or a skinned knee from slipping on a wet sidewalk, band-aids & sanitizing wipes are a must.
5) Underwear: Being out in the elements often means getting wet. Outer clothes can dry, but undergarments often stay damp, which can lead to chafing and bacteria growth.
All of the above items (and more) can be found on our Amazon wishlist.
Knit or Crochet for a Good Cause
Yeah, us too. Want to make something with those big skeins? How about a washcloth? Or maybe a hat or scarf?
ATXHAW’s Gettin’ Knotty group is holding their monthly meetup at Barnes & Noble in the Arboretum tomorrow night (Thursday, April 18). The group meets in the cafe area from 7 PM to 10 PM. Come when you can, leave when you must!
Thank you for reading! We hope you’ve been enjoying the beautiful Texas wildflowers. There’s nothing like springtime in Texas. See you on the 21st!