With winter coming, there is about to be an influx of homeless folks hitting shelters for help. Whatever your thoughts about homelessness in general, I hope that we can all agree that the problem of military vets being homeless in America is a tragedy.
In my conversations with the folks at the Omaha VA Homeless Outreach Center, one thing they say they always need is bath towels and bus passes. So let's shower them with both.
Why Bath Towels?
As homeless vets come to the Homeless Outreach Center, one of their most frequent requests is for a shower. They want to wash the grime off, just like the rest of us. But the HOC is always short on towels, and are constantly having to ask people to wait for towels to make their way out of the washer and dryer before they can shower.
Why Bus Passes?
One of the other most pressing needs at the HOC is bus passes. As homeless folks try to navigate their city - to find employment, places to live, food to eat, etc - they may not have reliable transportation. They will need to rely on the bus system to get them where they need to go, but may not always have the money to pay for a bus ticket.
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These things are inexpensive. These may be things you already have lying about the house. These are things that can make a huge difference in the life of someone who is struggling.
If you live in Omaha, I will be collecting bath towels and bus tickets until Thanksgiving. You can bring them to me at school or at home!!
If you don't live in Omaha, look up your local VA Hospital's Homeless Outreach Center. There is one in almost every major city. They will for sure need these things. Drop them off, make a tangible difference in your city.