A Good Gift Idea - Helping the Homeless
This year the number of homeless children is growing at a enormous rate. With the current financial conditions it feels criminal to purchase frivolous Holidays Gifts. This year why not help the homeless with your gift purchases? Here is a great gift idea - a nice gift and a great way to help child in need - who so desperately need your help.
Many mayors have 10-year plans to end homelessness and had reported progress until this year. The most recent official count, in January 2007, found 671,888 people living on U.S. streets or in shelters, down 12% from January 2005.Other factors have been higher food and fuel prices hitting families with "no cushion," says Nan Roman of the National Alliance to End Homelessness
Did you know that 90% of them need a new, warm coat each winter because they have no place to keep one? We need to not only help the homeless children but also the growing number of single moms; thousands of single moms are forced to make a choice between buying shoes or a winter coat or blankets and putting food on the table, or meeting other basic survival needs.
Each winter, many companies collect new, used, and gently used winter coats and distributes them to hundreds of men, women, and children who would otherwise go without. One company delivered the coats as part of our Halloween festival to the Seven Bridges Shelter in Smyrna enlisting several Brownie Girl Scouts to help. Since the demand is so great we are continuing with coat drives for November and December. It was a great event for the children who celebrated Halloween and got a new coat and were able to keep their pride and self esteem.
There are so many ways to help. What a perfect gift idea - helping the homeless and giving Uncle Bert a great cup of coffee.
How you can help:
Buy Some Coffee: purchase a friend a Christmas gift - the ultimate coffee gift basket: many coffee companies now offers nice gift baskets, monthly coffee delivery, a nice assortment of coffee and a coffee club and give the proceeds to help children. Fair trade coffee also helps children in foreign countries. Purchase someone a nice gourmet coffee gift and all the profits will go to a homeless child. If you join the coffee club you can help year round as will the monthly coffee club.
If you like get your church or corporation to buy the coffee on a larger scale and help the entire homeless shelter. If they buy enough coffee they can even decide where the money goes and they can help homeless children of their choice. Do you think their clients would like to receive a nice holiday basket of coffee knowing they have helped some homeless children in the process? Or you can honor your client with a donation in their name to the Jars of Clay or Seven Bridges Shelter.
Buy a homeless child a new coat or pair of shoes. For ten dollars you can buy a pair of shoes or a coat for a homeless child and we will deliver it directly for you. Amazing for only a mere $300 you can provide shoes for an entire shelter.
Donate a coat - Please round up your extra blankets and jackets and take them to a nearby shelter. Even better yet have a neighborhood coat drive or a company coat drive enlisting your fellow employees to get involved and bring their coats in. But be the leader and motivator and inspire people to help.
Make a financial donation - Providing so many coats each winter, as well as our year-round projects, requires an enormous amount of resources. Your donation will help us ensure that every Atlanta who needs a warm coat this year has one.
How satisfying will that cup of coffee taste knowing who it has helped.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Boake Moore is currently working as an IT sales Director for a software testing firm and a testing solutions firm. Two years ago I founded Mission Grounds Gourmet Coffee. It is a non profit that sales coffee and donates all the profits to children. Most of the sales come from Kroger Grocery and Whole Food stores . I support children in Atlanta; Buffal and New Orleans and in China, Russia, Venezuela and Africa. http://www.missiongrounds.com