HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
All of the organizations listed above are not-for-profit and are sustained through the generosity of people like you. Giving to organizational budgets doesn’t feel sexy, but these organizations are already providing meals and expertise. Backing them is the most effective use of our resources. Give online or in person! You can also donate to the Belly Burst cause using the donation form via our registration link.
Instead of just donating the stuff you’re wanting to throw out, consider donating items that are in high demand in the chronically homeless community. Hope Ministries always keeps an Urgent Needs list! The Center for the Homeless has a variety of donation needs, including houses or property and cars.
OR CONSIDER DONATING THESE COMMONLY NEEDED ITEMS
Socks & Shoes
Socks are the most requested item in shelters across the country. Many homeless people walk miles per day in order to survive, leaving their socks threadbare and damp. Make sure to donate clean, newly purchased socks for both adults and children. A few dollars out of your pocket could mean the world to someone with cold feet. Additionally, shoes are always in demand. Clean out your closet and donate a few pairs when you drop off the socks.
Personal Care Items
Almost all shelters request personal care items, from toothpaste to feminine care products to soap. A great way to get personal care items meant for donation is to be coupon savvy. Nearly all stores feature some kind of deal on basic necessities, and the Internet can find you coupons, too. Combine these two together to score huge savings and get personal care products to those in need.
SHAMPOO // DEODORANT // SOCKS // BLANKETS // GLOVES
RAZORS // PILLOWS // BABY WIPES // MEDICATION // FIRST AID
FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS
Many of the local providers have opportunities to cook, serve, or share meals together, organize pantries, or serve in other ways! Contact the volunteer coordinator at the organization of your choice.