Online Blanket drive for Nickelsville

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  • #601851

    cclarue
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    It is cold outside and I bet the residents of Nickelsville would love to have an additional blanket on these cold nights. And im sure the extra ones in your closet are more than welcomed and appriciated!! Hats scarves and gloves probably wouldnt be turned away either!!!:)

    #745090

    JoB
    Participant

    don’t forget those small dustpan brooms..

    it really helps to have something to brush the snow off of your tent…

    and off your boots so the water doesn’t end up in your tent

    #745091

    Jiggers
    Member

    Snow is pretty and all and fun when it covers you, but, when you are forced to live outdoors, it sucks because it’s really just water and it soaks into your clothing and gets messy. You can never have enough clean dry socks in this weather.It’s hard to be cheerful when your socks and things get soaked.

    #745092

    cclarue
    Member

    Jiggers i even brought a big bag of worn mens socks that of course were clean but just so people could have something to get out of their wet cold ones. Friday night I took a couple of comforters down as well. Being outside in this cold 247 has to be so rough.

    #745093

    PrittyKitty
    Member

    Did I read the original posting correctly, that there are kids 18 and under living outside in this weather?! It’s below freezing! Someone please let me know what I can do, more than blankets and socks (which are helpful, I know, but…) As a mom, I am heartbroken. Totally heartbroken. I’ll do anything within my means to directly help those children. Please reply.

    #745094

    JanS
    Participant

    It’s sad that there isn’t housing for homeless families, but it’s a reality. I understand that they don’t stay long at the camp, but it happens. Sometimes there might be shelter for the mother and kids but not the dad, so the family gets broken up. I guess being in the camp is better than sleeping under a bridge in this weather, but not much. We, as a society, should be able to do better than this. It is no longer important why, politically, it’s happening more and more. It’s happening, period. And it’s sad. Truly sad.

    #745095

    hollyplace
    Participant

    Are there any businesses that have a collection bin for Nickelsville?

    #745096

    Sue
    Participant

    hollyplace, not that I know of, but Nickelsville does take donations directly at their security tent.

    #745097

    undrgrndwmn
    Member

    This is a great idea! Also, I was just at the United Way’s Community Resource Exchange on Friday, where I met some people from Redeeming Soles. This is an amazing charity that tries their hardest to provide warm footwear to Seattle’s homeless population. You should have seen the joy on people’s faces as they got a new pair of shoes! If anyone has waterproof or water-resistant shoes that are a little old but still good, please take them right along with you when you drop the blankets off to Nickelsville. Gently used or new warm socks were also a HUGE hit on Friday.

    #745098

    undrgrndwmn
    Member

    @libsiv You might want to get in touch with the wonderful people at TeenFeed. Although they are in the UD, they do some case management, and would be able to advise you about other organizations a little closer to home working directly with youth.

    #745099

    cclarue
    Member

    Why arent the families with kids getting motel vouchers??

    #745100

    miws
    Participant

    Thanks everyone, for thinking of my friends at Nickelsville during this time.

    CC, since I’ve been away from Camp, other than a quick visit yesterday, I’m not sure of the status on the families.

    Last I knew however, only the family with six kids was back in Camp, after being in a motel for several weeks.

    The couple with the 11 year old, I believe, are out of Camp altogether, and the single mom with the 12 year old, and 18 year old sons had still been at a motel, but she wasn’t sure what there status would be after the first of the year, so I’m not sure where they are at this time.

    Mike

    #745101

    JoB
    Participant

    miws..

    mom is back in camp with her 12 year old..

    there is a family of 5 ranging from about 3 to 16

    there was also a toddler in camp yesterday.

    *****

    They need any kind of waterproof shoes

    socks

    gloves

    hats

    “thermal” underwear…

    blankets

    we can’t bring them too many socks, gloves and hats since they get wet quickly and have to be changed.

    people have no way to dry their wet clothes other than going up to the laundromat…

    they also need…

    coffee …

    instant works for more people.. but there are a couple of coffee pots that can use) ground beans…

    hot chocolate mix

    hot cider mix

    tea bags

    individual cans of protein…

    (the dollar store has potted meats 3/$1, vienna sausage 2/$1, peanut butter single serves 3/$1

    noodles soups, etc that can be made with hot water

    they need wood in 18″ chunks or smaller.

    dry wood is better.. but green will still burn.

    we are currently looking for someone with a chain saw so that we can harvest a couple of downed trees…

    but more than that..

    they need to know they aren’t forgotten

    if you can make it down the hill

    go say hello.

    the kids made a great snowman in the back.

    #745102

    hollyplace
    Participant

    Sue, is the security tent easily accessible?

    #745103

    munchkin22
    Member

    There is a security tent at the parking lot entrance that is manned sporadically. If you have a cell phone, you can call the main tent and ask for securirty to let you in, or holler over the berm and ask that someone get a security person.

    I understand there is also a mom with a 17 yr old daughter and possibly 18 yr old son on the east side of camp.

    #745104

    inactive
    Member

    Hey all,

    Is this possible/doable?

    Get NV peeps to put wet clothing in garbage bags with name on it – only IF volunteers can pick up bags and take them to home or laundry mat to dry everything?

    And I noted that all arterials are in great shape, so no worries getting there and back this AM.

    Just a thought. If it’s doable for you, go for it.

    Hmmm, thinking about what Jigs has reminded us of, so… Maybe one more thought. ;)

    The NV’ers might do better if their cores (torso) are dry and warm, as well as their heads, to prevent hypothermia. Those are the two areas which are imperative to protect. Our bodies lose the most heat there so multiple layers which keep that interior layer dry are essential.

    Godspeed.

    #745105

    Jiggers
    Member

    LibSiv.. why only 18? any human being at any age living outdoors with no shelter right now, its inhumane. Hypothermia and catching pneumonia are very high risk.

    #745106

    PrittyKitty
    Member

    I have more access to child-related items than I do adult items, like clothing and shoes my child has outgrown, etc. That’s all. I wanted to see if there were kids of similar ages/sizes who might benefit from that plus anything else they might need that I have to give.

    #745107

    Jiggers
    Member

    Copy that LibSiv! The snowpocalypse is going to continue late today and worsen current conditions. I wish I had kleets to wear…..:(

    #745108

    JoB
    Participant

    LibSiv..

    the only way to find out what the kids in the camp need is to go talk with their moms…

    however.. anything you take down in the way of warm clothing will either get used now by the kids and small adults in camp or will be saved for use by the moms who have yet to check into camp.

    ages range from 10 months to 18

    #745109

    miws
    Participant

    Camp cellphone number is: 206-450-5268.

    Mike

    #745110

    hollyplace
    Participant

    Is anyone headed down there today? I live in Morgan junction and have a handful of fleece coats, warm socks and a couple of sleeping bags I would like to send.

    #745111

    hollyplace
    Participant

    I was also thinking that maybe sportsbags or large backpacks might be useful for carrying clothes and blankets on the bus to and from the laundry mat.

    #745112

    cclarue
    Member

    I am holly call me at 427-2792

    #745113

    cclarue
    Member

    Or anyone else with accesible streets for that matter im going to safeway to get a few things and will pick up and deliver to nickelsville.

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