Loaves & Fishes Needs Bags!
Chris is quiet, polite and has a sweet smile. He just got out of prison and is staying at Austin Transitional Center, just past the airport on Hwy. 71. We helped him with getting his ID and a bus pass, gave him some hygiene items and pointed him in the direction of where he can get some clothes. He also did not have anywhere to put his things, not even a paper bag. Luckily we had a tote bag on hand that we could give him. So many of our clients are homeless and have no place to store their belongings. Many have to lug their clothes, toiletries, IDs and paperwork with them everywhere they go. This extends even to people staying in shelters, halfway houses and other institutions where they have no permanent locker or closet. When I think of the people who arrive on Tuesday mornings with things spilling out of torn paper bags, I want to give them a good backpack! BACKPACKS are wonderful, all sizes, but small tote bags or duffle bags are also great. Even shopping bags, the cloth ones as well as the sturdy plastic ones, and paper bags will help in a fix. (And as always, those HYGIENE ITEMS: toothpaste, toothbrushes, small bottles of shampoo, bars of soap, razors and hand lotion.) Thank you, All Saints!