It was a record-setting start to the new year!

Record #1:  42 volunteers attended today's giveaway. FORTY-TWO!  And more than a dozen were first-timers. Mind. Blown. And. Record. Set.

Have you ever seen a better looking gaggle of people?

Record #2: We had two people from Who Knows Where decide to proselytize at our group and the people in our line this morning.  It's very rare for proselytizers to intrude (It's been more than a year since something similar happened.) but they didn't deter us.  One gentleman wielding a bronze trumpet-bugle-instrument-of-sorts took it upon himself to get within a few steps of people in line and preach at them. Fortunately, he was persuaded by some volunteers to make space for those around him and soon left us alone.

a man with a message
The other gentleman projected the Good Word via bullhorn and aimed it directly at our volunteers and people in line.  The roar of traffic on the interstate above us muffled most of the bullhorn's message.  An ATXAHH volunteer offered him a cup of our coffee, which he accepted and enjoyed (while we got to enjoy a few minutes of silence), then he was right back at it. The wonderful part was seeing many of our volunteers form a human shield of sorts by standing in a line with their backs to him so the people could get what they needed without incident.

And get items they did!  143 people got to choose from an array of toiletries, snacks and winter wear. In the end, good actions trump good words. Score one for the godless!  Let's do it again on February 15th!


This Sunday. Be there or be...

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Join us this Sunday, January 18th, for our first giveaway of the year.  Announcements begin at 8:50 am and the weather looks promising.  If it's your first time, please be sure to check out where we meet*.  All are welcome to enjoy brunch with some volunteers at Central Market North Lamar immediately after the giveaway.

If you don't want to come empty handed, we could use some more travel size deodorants, small hand sanitizers (or wipes packages) and individual tissue packs.

*There's a possibility some I-35 exits may be closed due to construction or events but we were unable to confirm which exits and what times. Please keep that in mind as you plan your drive. See you there!