|Posted on 12/8/2009 8:40:36 AM|
Author: Carl Obremski
Center for the Homeless Group Buy
I got a chance to visit the Center for the Homeless this week, and almost immediately it brought back memories of our sock drive last year, where you all contributed $1200 to purchase 700 pounds of socks. Our fundraiser created such a stir in the community that South Bend Tribune ran an article on us, WNDU-TV ran TWO separate features on the evening news program, and the CEO of Center for the Homeless Steve Camilleri personally thanked us.
When I asked a staff person if they needed any more socks this year, she took me down to the basement where they store all their clothing and toiletry items. There, she showed me that more than half of the socks we purchased still remained. Your contribution last year was truly a gift that keeps on giving!
She then took me to their toiletries room. Under the label "Bath Towels," it was EMPTY. "Washcloths": EMPTY. "Deodorant": EMPTY. "Feminine Care Products": EMPTY. "Laundry Detergent": EMPTY. The staffer told me that above all else, these are their most desperate needs, and no one has yet provided them for the long winter ahead.
During "Winter Amnesty" at the Center for the Homeless, which is going on right now, they burn through a lot of consumables due to allowing homeless persons to walk in off the street for a night's stay without the extensive registration required for their normal guests.
So just like last year, we'll hit the most critical needs right on the nose. So far, we have $200 raised, and that will go towards buying 200 hotel quality bath towels. Again, as with the socks, we can get huge savings if we pitch in and buy in bulk rather than individually going to a place like Wal-Mart and paying sales tax/retail markup. If we can raise $975 total, we can purchase enough to supply Center for the Homeless with all of the above needs for six months or more!
If you'd like to contribute this year, let me know by private message right away, and we'll get this thing rolling. Let your friends know about this great opportunity to bless some people who are less fortunate than us.
Here's the cost breakdown for those of you curious:
$250 - 200 bath towels (100 pounds)
$235 - 1200 washcloths (100 pounds)
$240 - 288 1.6oz sticks of deodorant
$150 - Enough Purex for 1500 laundry loads
$100 - 1000 Maxi Pads and 200 Tampons
Anything over $975 will go towards more Laundry Detergent and Feminine Care Products (read less)