Monday, November 25, 2013

Winter Outreach Update and Needs List

Kids and grownups from St Paul's make blankets for the Street Outreach Team

It's getting cold outside and many of our neighbors are still without a warm place to call home. The Duluth Street Outreach Team is still hitting the pavement to provide solidarity, survival gear and resources to people experiencing homelessness. As happens every winter, many of our friends have moved into shelter or are doubling up with friends, but dozens of people still brave the cold every night.

We are very grateful for the loving support of many organizations and faith communities over the past few months: Harbor City high school students who collected FOUR CARLOADS (!) of warm weather gear; Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd for preparing 60 cold weather kits with hats, mittens and handwarmers; St Paul's Episcopal K-4th graders who spearheaded a coat drive and blanket-making party; Holy Rosary Cathedral youth who collected much-needed sleeping bags and other gear; and St Michael's, Hillside Methodist, Duluth Church of Christ and Concordia Lutheran friends who continue to supply both gear and sack lunches for the outreach team to distribute.

For the first time ever our teams have a good supply of gear, but we are still in need of the following items:
  • One- and two-person tents
  • Tarps
  • Handwarmers
  • Solar and crank flashlights 
...and a good dose of social change!

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