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Christmas can be a wonderful time of year filled with joy, but it can also be a very stressful and sad time of year for many. Loss of family and loved ones, emotional breakdown, loss of job, mixed with self- medication can lead to homelessness, depression and even suicide.
DSMUC Children's ministries wrapped Christmas gifts for the homeless. The gifts were nail clipping and maintenance sets and hand warmers. Each gift had a label on it signed by the person who wrapped it. This added a personal touch to let them know that there's someone out there who actually cares.
We gave the gifts to the homeless along with our red care bags which have all kinds of much needed items. We drove to the tent encampment near the airport called the Esperanza community and we also went to Oak Hill. We had wonderful visits with our homeless brothers and sisters and they were so appreciative for the care and consideration.
Thank you DSUMC Children's Ministry for your wonderful work putting together so many care bags. These kids have so much energy and heart!
Under the Lamar Bridge and Oak Hill in the Austin area providing sausage wraps, chips and water to our homeless brothers and sisters.
Thanksgiving Heading Home TX volunteers went to the “Y” at Oak Hill (Hwy 71 & 290) and visited some our homeless brothers and sisters. We handed out sleeping bags, socks, hats and gloves. In addition, we handed out Jim’s Restaurant gift cards valued at $15 each with gratuity paid in advance. A sit-down meal in a restaurant is rare for the homeless and what a nice way for them to celebrate Thanksgiving.
Heading Home TX has a new partner in distributing our hygiene bags to the homeless. Ross Allen, Chief of Police, Johnson City, TX has agreed to put a bag in each squad car. The officers will distribute the bags to those in need in the city and also to those passing through. We are grateful to Johnson City Police Department and appreciate all they do to protect and serve.