Bottled water tops list of summer items needed at UGM | News
The hot summer temperatures are wearing on all of us, however most of us have a way to escape the heat. But for Spokane's homeless, a bottle of water can be the only relief they get, and the Union Gospel Mission's Friday night outreach program needs help providing this simple life necessity.
Around 130 people a week stop by UGM's Friday night outreach at First Covenant Church in Downtown Spokane for a meal and items such as hygiene products. In addition to that, a group of volunteers hit the streets distributing sandwiches and bottles of water.
“Our numbers are going up all the time,” says Randy Altmeyer, who runs the weekly outreach. Currently, Altmeyer purchases about 100 bottles of water a week, but says it's not enough to help all those who need it. However, the money to buy more just isn't there.
We all know that warm coats, gloves and hats are needed to serve the homeless in the winter, but we don't always consider the ways those needs change when the sun dominates during the summer months.
Bottles of water, chapstick, deodorant and summer clothing like shorts and t-shirts top the list of needs at the Friday night outreach for the summer.
If you would like to make a donation of any of these items, you can drop them at the Union Gospel Mission located at 1224 E. Trent and mark them as being for the Friday night outreach