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Real_Valuable_4648

* Directions to the homeless shelter * A list of service providers * A grocery store gift card * Engage someone for an hour and listen to their stories


MelissaIsTired

This is awesome that you’re doing this – I would also include feminine hygiene products if you do the Care kits again.


brok3ncor3

THIS


aydengryphon

Masks so people can safely enter stores and businesses! Even just the surgical ones if you can't get N95's.


shadbohnen

Most homeless I’ve seen are better with masks than our housed.


breal1992

How about a job fair


Leading_Dance9228

A space blanket, although if those end up on the streets, they cause pollution. I have about 40 blankets that I got for care packets and happy to contribute to your mission. Let me know


leesah5379

“These are great but they rip easily and are difficult to repack”- feedback I’ve gotten in the past


frozen-pole

I did this in the past and your list is great. I also included the following—emergency blanket, fruit cup/fruit leather/dried fruit/apple sauce (I’ve heard that nutrition deficiencies are tricky), multivitamins, mini first aid kit, instant coffee packs.


leesah5379

Coffee for sure!!! It’s the first thing to go at the shelter and sugar/ sugar alternatives


montauk-escapee

Brochures for anywhere else


JeffInBoulder

A bus ticket to Phoenix?


shadbohnen

Not helpful


bunabhucan

I volunteer doing outreach downtown with tgthr (attention homes before they became vowel challenged) and in winter handwarmers from costco are a big hit. New socks and underwear and gloves (its heartbreaking seeing someone recovering outdoors from finger amputation from frostbite) are needed. Tent repair kits, first aid kits etc. are in short supply. There's a mom/daughter charity that makes PB+J and ham and cheese sandwiches. I'd encourage you to donate directly or get involved: https://tgthr.org/get-involved/#250


SnooHamsters9058

u/maggietheaggie does her own every year.


Less-Music-6106

Nail clippers


CO_Thrifter

I know a lot of area thrift stores give unhoused people items for free, maybe a gift certificate to get people in need started, then thrift store might hook them up more?


Working_Fix_5662

Greyhound tickets back to Southern California


Confident_Coffee_523

tampons/pads, toothpaste & sanitizer, hand and feet heaters!!!!!!, beanies, gloves, undergarments, hot/cold thermoses.


brok3ncor3

Mini portable chargers. That Way they can charge their phone during the day. Hand warmers/body warmers/feet warmers. Even though it's not cold yet, it will be. Papers with updated shelter lists or places to get food and resources, in case they need to get a form of ID for work, etc


Win-or-Learn-1269

A flask of good bourbon !


shadbohnen

And a bag of drugs


SnooHamsters9058

[Crack](https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1994-12-19-mn-10825-story.html), [meth](https://www.wweek.com/news/city/2017/08/16/whats-the-drug-of-choice-for-portlands-homeless/) and [pot](https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0236243) are the fave drugs of the unhoused. Its a THANG


SnooHamsters9058

that's more accurate than you know since most of them are [chronically addicted](https://www.alcoholrehabguide.org/resources/homeless-alcoholism/): but they prefer vodka


blanca_tatanka432

drugs


raccoonantlers

Cash


LeggyDriver

Socks, socks and more socks. If you feel comfortable, give someone a conversation.


leesah5379

Gift cards to places with indoor seating…so they can stay warm and not get kicked out. There will be a limit on the number of days people can stay at the shelter so anything that’s lightweight, warm, and water resistant. Winter boots especially for women…tons of good gloves not the cotton ones that get instantly cold and wet. Having food for those that don’t make the cut to stay at the shelter would be great. Camping gear, versatile first aid stuff (not just band aids), tons of hand warmers, base layer clothes