Those living on the street need your help to stay warm this winter! Austin Humanists at Work holds a Winter Warmth Drive every October through February to serve Austinites facing homelessness and limited means. For its annual Winter Warmth Drive, ATXHAW is asking for specific clothing items in clean condition to keep members of our community experiencing homelessness warm:

• sweaters • jackets/ coats/ (water-resistant) • hoodies • pullovers • jeans/ sweat pants • thermal underwear • socks • hats • mittens • gloves • scarves

“We will be running this drive all winter in hopes that every person in need stays warm,” said ATXHAW board president Virginia Miller. “We depend on your contributions but also your word of mouth to collect as many items as we can to get a wide assortment of sizes.”

St. Andrews is looking for volunteers during their cold-weather shelter nights.

NOAA predicts this winter in Texas could be above average in temperatures, and below average in precipitation. Anyone who knows Texas weather, it is very unpredictable and Austin Humanists at Work wants to be prepared to help anyone who is left unprotected in the elements. Many people that ATXHAW serves sleep overnight in their vehicles, under bridges, or on hard pavement. Through its monthly giveaways, ATXHAW distributes warm clothing as well as basic living supplies, such as shampoo, tooth brushes, feminine hygiene kits, and toilet paper. ATXHAW also collaborates with other nonprofits, such as the ad hoc cold weather shelter at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, to shelter people during cold weather.

Austin Humanists at Work is currently a distribution team for the Eat Apart Together initiative with Austin Public Health. We will be working to help distribute bags of shelf stable food to those struggling during this time of COVID-19.

Coats collected last during 2018 Warmth Drive

The Austin ECHO point in time count noted 2,255 individuals, a 11% increase from 2019 in need of permanent housing this year.  ATXHAW serves anyone in need and typically serves 177-200 people per month. During this time of COVID-19, we are working to expand our reach to help as many people as we can. Visit our Amazon wish list to see the other items like thermal blankets that are always in high demand over the winter.

**NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19, GIVEAWAYS HAVE BEEN MODIFIED AND DO NOT FOLLOW THIS FORMAT YOU READ BELOW.  PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR NEXT GIVEAWAYS. THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING.**
The next ATXHAW Giveaways until February: • Sunday, September 27, 2020 • Sunday, October 25, 2020 • Sunday, November 22, 2020 • Sunday, December 27, 2021 • Sunday, January 24, 2021 • Sunday, February 28, 2021 We meet at the I-35 and 8th St. under-bridge parking lot across from Austin Police Department Headquarters at 8:40 a.m., we start giving away bags at 9 a.m.  Email info@austinhumanistsatwork.org for more information.

ABOUT AUSTIN HUMANISTS AT WORK

Austin Humanists at Work is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Our mission is to uphold the value of humanism by assisting people in need in the Austin community.We are an inclusive bunch of everyday folks looking to give back to the community with no strings attached. Regardless of what we do or don’t believe, we all hold humanistic values and choose to give back to the community—not because we want to advance a specific cause, not because we are a part of any movement—but because it’s the right thing to do. Simply put, we believe human hands solve human problems.

If you wish to donate other items we accept click on our DONATE page to see everything we accept. We also have an Amazon staple wish list and an Amazon food wish list. All orders will be drop-shipped direct. Please e-mail info@austinhumanistsatwork.org with any donation questions. Thank you!