The 40-degree temperature drop has everyone in Central Texas bundled up this second week of October. Now imagine you’re subject to these jarring weather changes without the refuge of a permanent shelter, air-conditioning or a comfortable place to sleep. That’s the reality for our clients and we hope this month — with your help — we will have enough supplies to ensure everyone can get what they need.

The Austin Humanists at Work giveaway is Sunday, October 20 starting at 8:40 a.m. for set up before we open the line at 9 a.m. Our Volunteer page has lots of information about what to expect if it’s your first time. The giveaway is a great opportunity to serve our neighbors and get to know other service-minded people in the Austin area, as well as drop off your own donations at our intake tent.

Here are the items we need the most this month.

*Toilet paper
*Nail clippers
*Women’s underwear
*Women’s socks
*Non-perishable grab and go foods
*Hair oil/ leave-in conditioners for coarse hair
*Grab and go fruit for the day of the Giveaway
Hair elastics
Emergency blankets
Insect repellent
Men’s underwear

*means that we are completely out of these items!

We could also use these but have some left in stock.

Men’s socks
Mouthwash, dental floss
Combs/brushes/hair picks (brushes and combs for all hair types)
Lip balm

Our Amazon Wishlist is a great way to send physical donations right to our doorstep, or you can use PayPal to send monetary donations. Check out the Donate page for more information on our physical dropoff locations as well.

Starting this month we are also asking for donations to our Winter Warmth Drive which will help keep our clients warm during an unpredictable, cold and rainy winter season in Texas. Hats, scarves, jackets, sweaters, coats and gloves are all welcomed, as well as our usual items we accept such as boots and tennis shoes. As a reminder, we do not accept clothing beyond the outerwear listed for our Winter Warmth Drive, undergarments including bras, socks and underwear, and caps/belts. This means we don’t accept T-shirts, pants, or shorts, etc.

Join us Oct. 17 for the Gettin’ Knotty Guild meetup, where volunteers use yarn to knit and crochet items for our clients.

We are approaching two of the less-attended months of giveaways, so we hope you will join us! Next month we’ll also celebrate two years as a nonprofit! We hope to see you soon and THANK YOU for your support.

More Giveaways in 2019:
– Sunday, November 17
– Sunday, December 15

What we need for the October 20 ATXHAW Giveaway

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