Request for Volunteers from the Salvation Army
For those of you I haven't met, my name is Leah Land and I am in charge of distributing clothes, toiletries and bedding at the Shelter at Building 1536 at KellyUSA. Thank you so much to those of you who are distributing the needs at Shelter 1536 to your networks of friends and family. Today, I really began to see the effect that this word of mouth campaign is having! As many of you know, we are having a difficult time receiving many of the items that we need.
First and foremost, we need as many volunteers as we can get! I can't keep up at this pace for very long. We need people to show up whenever they can, and especially people who are interested in committing to a number of hours or shifts - whether that is 5 days a week or 1 day a week.
Yrou can come to the shelters and volunteer at any time. If you want to help with the clothing and toiletry distribution stores, don't schedule any 6 hour shifts with Red Cross, just show up and let the sign in desk know you are there to work at the store. There are people needed at all times right now, especially the evening, night, and early morning, not just in the store but throughout the shelters. Many scheduled volunteers are not showing up.
We have received lots of needed items, but they are disappearing as fast as I can put them out. We have volunteers from some of the other shelters coming to get supplies from us, as they seem to need the same things and are having just as hard a time receiving them. I will be updating the list of needed supplies as often as necessary. Few items are being removed, but some are being added.
I need to make it clear that as of this time, we do not have the manpower to sort through piles of donations of unnecessary things to find the few things we do need. If you all can spread the word that we need ONLY the items we are asking for, this would help enormously. Also, the better sorted the items are when they arrive, the faster they are distributed to those in need.
The current list:
- clean pillows
- clean blankets
- African-American hair care products
- hair brushes, larger combs and picks
- eyeglasses repair kits
- backpacks, totebags, suitcases, bags of any variety
- Men's and women's LARGE sized shoes- 9 and above for ladies, above 8 for men - particularly tennis shoes, flip flops, sandals
- athletic shorts for all sizes (no privacy, so comfortable to sleep in)
- men's pants and shorts, sizes 28-42
- men's underwear sizes 28-40
- men's plain undershirts (T-shirts or A-shirts) sizes small - 2XL
- belts (all sizes)
- women's plus sized underwear and bras (all the way up to 4X+)
- pajamas of all sizes
- house shoes and slippers
- toddler boy underwear
- adolescent boys and girls socks (between toddler and adults sizes)
- liquid soaps (NO BAR SOAPS!)
- baby powder (travel sized, preferably)
- baby oil
- jarred baby food (we don't need formula- we've had very large donations)
- pull-ups (NOT diapers right now)
- baby sippy cups and bottles
- baby spoons
- Vaseline, petroleum jelly
- shaving cream
- denture care items (cup, cleaning products, adhesive products, etc.)
- any products with fragrance- perfume, cologne, scented lotion, etc.
- basic cosmetics (esp. for darker skin tones)
- batteries of all sizes
- antibacterial wipes, hand sanitizers, Lysol sprays or wipes
- nail polishes and nail care items- clippers, nail scissors, emory boards
- hand mirrors
- small personal radios
You can contact me to bring me items to deliver, or you can take a delivery of items directly to Building 1536 at Kelly. Take 90 from downtown to the General Hudnell exit, stay on General Hudnell under the overpasses until you reach Billy Mitchell and turn right, go through several lights. Turn right on Morris Witt. You should be able to follow the signs to the Salvation Army donation station from there. The Salvation Army is on Dock 11, we are on Dock 9, two doors down. This is now also the volunteer entrance. When you take donations in at Dock 9, you will find the store on your right hand side. Volunteers can park on the makeshift grass lot just north of the building.
I will not personally be at the shelter at all times to accept items, please just insist on taking things exactly where I have directed. Some of the sign-in table volunteers may encourage you to take your donations down to the Salvation Army- please be insistent that you want them to go directly to shelter residents. Feel free to use my name to tell them who asked you to bring them to the store.
We need to find a company or individual who can lend us a couple of golf carts for the next few weeks. We need to be able to take items quickly to people in the infirmary, and help the elderly come back to the store. If you have any contacts that might be able to help, please let me know ASAP.
I also need to find some clothing racks that can be donated, along with some stand-up signage holders. If you have a contact with any major retailer, please relay our need to them.
One last important date- I am trying to coordinate a massive volunteer turnout for Friday evening from 8pm-midnight. I need as many people as I can get who can help to organize, set-up, straighten, sort, discard junk, and get the store in order so that we can maintain it. You will have to register at Freeman if you are not already registered.
Sorry for such a long e-mail, but we have many immediate needs and this seems to be the best way to get them out.
Thank you all *so* much!
Singletary (Tary) H. Snyder, Broker
Texas Lone Star Realty
1015 North Sunset Canyon Drive
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Off/Vm:(512)892-6800 Fax:(512)288-5595 Mob:(512)751-6360
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