Neighbors needing summer survival!

Summer-Sun-3By Diane Holloway
Communications/Volunteer Coordinator

For our neighbor brothers and sisters, the arrival of warm weather is a blessing. No more worries about freezing at night; no more exhaustion from carrying heavy blankets and sleeping blankets. But like everything else, there’s a down-side to warm (soon to be hot!) weather.

The mild winter and wet spring we’ve had means that mosquitoes will be swarming. Campers and street sleepers face lots of bug bites. The soon-to-be broiling heat means sunburn, heat stroke and dehydration. The neighbors I’ve talked with say they would much rather deal with heat than bone-chilling cold, but they also recognize that summer has its challenges, too.

We may still be dealing with biblical floods, but we’re on the cusp of a red-hot summer, so please remember our beloved neighbors when you go shopping. And remember that packing a life in a backpack means super-sized items may seem like a good idea economically, but are way too heavy to carry. Travel-sizes are always welcome. Here’s a handy shopping list:

Insect repellant
Hats & caps

And we always need toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouth wash. Again, travel sizes only! When you go to your dentist, mention that you would like to help your homeless brothers and sisters, and I bet you will leave the office with bags or boxes of dental supplies!

Donations can be dropped off at Trinity Center (304 E. 7th Street) weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Thanks in advance and have a sizzling-good summer!