By Diane Holloway
We had a relatively mild spring, but summer is here and local weather prognosticators say it’s going to be another scorcher. If it’s 95 degrees on your tree-lined street, chances are good the downtown streets are 110 or more. Looking out the windows facing 7th Street, sometimes we can see those wavy lines produced when Texas sun meets black asphalt. I’m sure it’s just my imagination, but sometimes I can even hear it sizzle!
Austinites are preternaturally generous and always ask what we need, and our response is: Thanks for asking!! We occupy a relatively small space here at Trinity Center and have very little storage space, so we need seasonally appropriate items. Please don’t bring us sweaters and boots. Save them and bring them in October.
What we need now (besides love, sweet love) is sturdy summer women’s clothes — shorts, jeans, cotton or knit tops, skirts, casual dresses, flats, sandals and sneakers. Our clothing closet serves women only, so no men’s clothes, please. Sizes? We need them all, from super-tiny to extra-extra large.
Unisex items always come in handy. We love our gentlemen neighbors, even though we can’t offer them a full clothing closet. Se we’re happy to accept new white socks, hats, visors, bandanas, sunglasses and flip-flops.
Toiletries? Yes, please! Travel-sizes of deodorant, toothbrush/toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, sunscreen and lip balm are great summer items. Insect repellent is welcome, too. No soap, though. We have three gigantic tubs of soap!
Of course summers cannot be survived in Austin without water, so refillable plastic water bottles are lifesavers.
Basically, think about what gets you through summer, and know that our downtown neighbors need the same things.
Donations can be brought to Trinity Center weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., 304 E. 7th Street.