I’m so proud to report that we’ve been able to replace 11 destroyed tents today! We’re working through the list as people show up, and trying to get in contact with more people, though a lot of folks phones were destroyed in the rain. If anyone has cellphones to donate, please wipe them of information, and we will get them to the right places. If you have a phone charger for it, even better!
We’re going to work on tarps tomorrow, as a tarp is so incredibly useful outdoors. People prefer brown, black, green and camo tarps, as they attract less attention. Blue and red tarps scream “Hey, there’s a tent over here!” Tarps are great under tents to help keep out the rain, and on top of tents to… also keep out the rain. They’re a multi-purpose tool.
We’re replacing sleeping bags at an epic rate, so we’ll need to stockpile some up soon, as they’re flying out of here. Sleeping bag color is less important, and I saw several at Walmart for as low as $8.97! It got really chilly for the first time last night, so people were very ready to have a sleeping bag, even if they hadn’t been using one this summer.
With fall approaching, we’re preparing to hand out handwarmers. It’s good to get a head start on those, as they literally save lives every winter. We made it through last year without any of our community center members dying of exposure (we had a few die of other causes, but exposure wasn’t one of them, thank goodness). I’m hoping that we can provide that same life-saving warmth this winter, and that I don’t have to lose a friend to that.
We’ll keep plugging away at getting our folks ready for fall, and I really feel like that together, we can do it. We can be the village. No one has to fall through the cracks. Love is winning for another season, and we can do it again!