8.21.2015

Another successful giveaway!



For the August giveaway, we were able to serve 143 people and had 35 volunteers.  Thank you to everyone who came out to help!


This last give away we tried out a volunteer sign-in sheet.  It went so well look for it again next time.  Sign-in is for all who are new and want to help behind the scenes.  Find the sign when you arrive.  Thank you in advance.

Have you visited our new 50 States Challenge page?  Click on the tab below to make sure that your
state gets colored in - and even if it's already counted, we always appreciate the extra help and donations, and so do the people that we help.  We are celebrating our 6th year anniversary - thank you to everyone who has contributed over the years.  Big or small, your efforts do make a difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness!


Gettin’ Knotty is gearing up for winter!  It is never too early to start knitting scarves and hats - check out Gettin’ Knotty’s Facbook Group, Our next GK Guild Meeting is September 17th, 7- 10pm at Barnes and Noble CafĂ©, 10000 Research Blvd, Austin.

This is also a donation drop off location at this time.  Feel free to drop on by.



This months submission hopefully will inspire all to keep hope alive.

Hope is a strange invention -- by Emily Dickinson

Hope is a strange invention --
A Patent of the Heart --
In unremitting action
Yet never wearing out --

Of this electric Adjunct
Not anything is known
But its unique momentum
Embellish all we own --

8.09.2015

What We Need For August 16!

The 50 States Challenge is on! We are beginning to color in the map with donations from all over the country - stay tuned & check out our social media pages for updates!

If you'd like to donate & color in your state, please check out our Amazon wish list.

 **IMPORTANT** If you send us an order from Amazon please add what state you are from in the “Gift Message” section when you check out.  Amazon does NOT show us any of your information (even if your donation isn’t anonymous), so if you don’t add your state, we won’t know which state to color in!  If you are unable to add a gift message for some reason, please email our donations coordinator at atxahhdonations@gmail.com.  Please let her know which state to color in and what’s in your order (for our internal tracking purposes).  Thanks!



RED LIGHT (We do not need any more of these items right now):
Razors
Conditioner
Chapstick
Soap/Body wash
Nail clippers
Lotion
Cotton balls & q-tips
Combs/brushes

YELLOW LIGHT (We probably have enough of these items to get through this giveaway, but a few more would put us ahead for next month!):
Notepads & pens
Hair elastics
Kleenex
Feminine hygiene products - pads & tampons (all kinds) & pantiliners
Deodorant
Emergency blankets

GREEN LIGHT (We really need these items):
Sunscreen
Hand sanitizer
Bug wipes/spray
Toilet paper
Dental products - toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss/floss picks
Shampoo
Women's socks
Men's socks
Women's underwear
*First aid kits
*Body wipes
*Men's underwear
* means we are completely out of these items.

SPECIAL REQUEST:
We would love to get your plastic bags! We go through a lot of them at the giveaway, but we'd like some extras to make plarn. Plarn is plastic yarn that can be made out of strips of plastic bags. The ATXAHH Gettin' Knotty group is planning to crochet the plarn into sleeping mats that are soft, durable, & water resistant, which is especially important for the people who sleep outdoors/on the ground.
We ask that the bags not have a lot of holes in the sides, since that is the part that's used for the plarn. Holes in the bottoms of the bags are OK, since they are not used.