Bringing the Spirt of Christmas to our Homeless Community
This is John. A very nice homeless man of four years that we recently met at the Waterfront Park. John is often at the park during the day and spends the evenings in his tent, located in a secluded area.
In our conversation with John, we learned that he is always grateful to receive food items, water, etc. He also uses propane to keep him warm at night, and as a means to cook food.
We asked if we could take his his picture and if there was anything specific that he would like from us beyond the things already mentioned. He kindly agreed for the photo and added that it’s always a great blessing to receive gift cards to McDonalds. If in his possession, he uses gift cards to enjoy a hot meal on the way back home to his tent. The next time your downtown, drop by the Waterfront Park and let him know you care.
Ways to Help our Homeless Community
Join Together with Family or Friends
Assemble a team of people or work as a family unit to assemble items that would greatly help the immediate needs of our homeless community
Take the items together as a group to known homeless areas to hand them out together, along with encouraging words and conversations as the opportunity permits.
You may also drop off the items with organizations who are continually reaching out and working with our homeless communities. View some helpful online resources and other avenues to help below.
Relief Bed Kit | $35
Reliefbed.com has created the Relief KIT™ with essential items to help with homeless needs.
Weather Proof Closed Foam Sleeping Mat
- Hygiene Kit
- Winter Hat
- Warm Gloves
- Rain Poncho
- Space Blanket
- Medical Kit
- Carrying Bag With Shoulder Strap
Mylar Emergency Blankets
Myler Emergency blankets and sleeping bags go a long way to help combat elements such as cold weather and rain. We found the above youtube video as a useful resource to see how they work.
The “Blessing Bag” concept has been around for a long time and is a great way to show you care. They are also a great complimentary item to add to a Relief Bed Kit or Emergency Blanket,… or both!
Handing out a Blessing Bag to someone gives you a very real way to meet immediate needs by providing basic supplies such as toiletries, water, food, warmth, etc.
Clean Out Your Closets
Make a game plan to go through your closets and take out the jackets, sweaters, gloves and scarfs that you haven’t worn in over a year.
Plan to personally distribute your items to individuals in the homeless community yourselves, or drop them off with an organization that is actively giving clothing items away to those in need.
If you would like to know where you can donate your clothing items, please send us a message and we’ll let you know of drop of locations near you.
Johnson Hagood Stadium
“Birthday Party for Jesus”
“Birthday Party for Jesus” is a very large outreach event that is free and open to the public. Lots of music, activities and food, gift give-a-ways, prizes, etc. will be given away. Stations for free groceries, coats, blankets and clothing will also be available, as well free haircuts and activities for children.
This event needs hundreds of volunteers to serve in a variety of ways from greeting guests, serving food, distributing gifts, leading prayer and so much more.
35 Walnut Street
Charleston SC, 29483
180 Place Community Kitchen | Homeless Services Center
180 Place serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to the homeless community every day.
Volunteers are encouraged to serve in their Community Kitchen. The minimum volunteer age is 14 (teenagers between the ages of 14-18 must be accompanied by an adult.)
Various places in the Charleston area
“Holy City Homeless Project”
The Holy City Homeless are continually reaching out the homeless community.
If you would like to learn of their upcoming outreaches, click the link below to follow them on Instagram and see where they will be next.
North Charleston, SC 29406
Alderdsgate Methodist Church Warming Shelter
The Winter Warming Shelter provides a safe, warm place to sleep to the homeless and under-housed in the North Charleston area. Our shelter includes a homecooked meal, showers, male and female sleeping quarters, visits to the clothes closet, and separate lodging for families.
Donate to the Homeless to Hope Fund
Your tax-deductible contribution to the Homeless to Hope Fund will be used to provide housing, shelter, and other necessities to Charleston’s homeless population.
Homeless to Hope contributions are tax-deductible, and can be made by governments, corporations, nonprofits and concerned citizens.