Eusea Team Children in Need Gear Drive

It’s that time of year again — the Eusea Team Children in Need drive has begun!

Our friends at the Eusea Team are hosting a drive the entire month of August 2017 for Homeless Gear’s next Children in Need event. This is an opportunity to contribute much-needed supplies to children and families who face homelessness in our community.  There are multiple ways (described below) to support Homeless Gear, the Eusea Team and–ultimately–children and families who face homelessness in our community. Thanks, Eusea Team and friends!

WHAT IS CHILDREN IN NEED?

As part of Homeless Gear’s Children in Need program, we host service events for children and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. We bring together about a dozen service providers for each event to deliver resource information, services (such as haircuts) and more. We also distribute basic supplies, such as clothing, hygiene products, footwear and food. Our next Children in Need event is scheduled for Saturday, September 16th, at The Matthews House Community Life Center (220 N Grant Ave in Fort Collins).

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED WITH THE EUSEA TEAM’S GEAR DRIVE? CAN I HELP IN OTHER WAYS?

There are multiple ways to contribute to the gear drive, and even more ways to help! Here are three ways to get involved this year:


1) DONATE SUPPLIES. The Eusea Team will collect supplies the entire month of August. This year, our focus is on three items: hygiene items (travel size, regular or family size), children/teenager socks and children/teenager underwear. Hygiene items and socks may be lightly used, but underwear must be new. For a list of other items, please see the “Children in Need” program section, near the bottom of the page, here.

There are three drop-off options:

  1. Any amount of supplies may be dropped off at the Eusea Team at FirstCal at 2720 Council Tree Ave., Ste. 254, Fort Collins, 80525 Monday through Friday between 9am and 4pm.
  2. If you have less than a carload, you may drop off supplies at the Murphy Center at 242 Conifer St, Fort Collins, CO 80524 Monday through Friday between 9am and 4pm.
  3. If you have more than a carload (or the hours in option 1 and 2 do not work for you), you may contact our “Survivals Program Manager”, Travis, at (970) 829-1151 or travis@homelessgear.org to schedule an appointment.

2) MAKE A CASH DONATION. If you are unable to donate supplies or simply want to do more, any cash donation we receive in response to the Eusea Team’s gear drive will be directed toward the Children in Need program. To make a secure online donation, please click here and follow these instructions: Click the yellow “DONATE” button. Please write “Eusea” in the “Add special instructions to the seller” box and check off “Share my mailing information with Homeless Gear, Inc.” (that way, we’ll be able to send you a formal thank you letter and receipt!) Please know that every single dollar makes a difference.


3) VOLUNTEER. Volunteers are the driving force behind any Children in Need event. The next event will take place on Saturday, September 16th, at The Matthews House Community Life Center at 220 N Grant Ave in Fort Collins. Volunteers may sign up for one or multiple shifts:

  • Set-up on Friday, the 15th (time TBD, but likely beginning around 1pm)
  • 8:30am – 12pm (during the event) on Saturday, the 16th. Volunteers serve as “Personal Shoppers” with families, help with distribution, greet event attendees, etc.
  • 11:45am – 12:45pm (to help with clean-up) on Saturday, the 16th. This shift is dependent on the amount of supplies distributed; it is possible it will not take the full hour.

If you are looking for a one-time, impactful opportunity for you and/or your family (all ages are welcome), this is a great way to get involved! Please contact Pam at Pam@HomelessGear.org or (970) 829-1162 to sign-up for a shift.


WHY HELP?

Each year, a staggering 1,400 students experience homelessness in the Poudre and Thompson school districts alone. Within the realistic constraints of being homeless or near-homeless (e.g. feeding one’s family and finding resources) these children and their families face barriers that impact their ability to meet basic needs, foster positive self-esteem, connect with peers, participate in school and gain – and maintain – housing. Additionally, more than half of residents who are low income and many who are homeless but working do not earn enough to afford housing. In fact, a person would need to earn $21.97 per hour to afford a two-bedroom in Colorado according to National Housing Low Income Coalition. This means that a person with a minimum wage job would require more than 90 hours of work per week. The personal struggles of homelessness combined with multiple external factors can make it difficult—if not impossible—to move forward at all, let alone with little to no support.

Through our Children in Need events, we provide an opportunity for children and families to connect with community resources, meet their basic needs and gain a sense of normalcy.

“Peace of mind for a senior citizen raising three kids all alone.” – Participant

“As someone who works in the poorest school in the district, I appreciate the work that the Homeless Gear team puts in to ensure that no student misses the opportunity to receive services…At all of the Children in Need events I see members of the community who are in awe to be the recipients of a little hand-up from Homeless Gear. One trip to the store to buy shampoo, toilet paper and new socks could literally put families under if they are living on the edge of financial crisis. The Children in Need events help to close the gap of what paychecks and other social services don’t quite cover. I’ve met moms who are pregnant and tear up upon receiving a pack of diapers for the baby on the way: hopeful for their baby’s bright and healthy future. I’ve met grandparents who are relieved to pick up a four pack of toilet paper: their social security checks didn’t stretch quite as far this month and they no longer have to choose between that or school supplies for the grandchild they are raising. Fort Collins needs the Children in Need event, and I am so thankful for the opportunities Homeless Gear creates for children in our community.” – Agency Partner

Thank you all for your support!