Over 220 people were helped in just over an hour today in the largest giveaway we have ever been a part of. Thanks so much to everyone who came out (and a special thank you to folks who sent in donations but could not make it out themselves); volunteers are what makes this possible and the 22 today did just that.
Whether it was the intense Texas heat day after day or the humidity, we have never had so many folks. So many, in fact, that we ran out of orange juice and water altogether before reaching the end of the line. For next month, we are going raise our standard of preparing for 175-185 recipients to at least 200; this includes stocking all staple supplies (tooth brushes/pastes, razors, shampoo, etc.) to cover as many folks as are looking for aid.
A special thank you, as always, to Support the Girls - Austin for providing the feminine hygiene products for this giveaway. Also, a local organization called Our Way joined in to help give out bags of items. In addition, a few folks from the Atheist Community of Austin came out to help distribute things, too!
Our clothing isle was stocked thanks, in part, to donations received from the Airman's Attic on Lackland Air Force Base. It was picked over pretty quickly, for sure.
As the Texas summer heat continues, necessary items like water, sunscreen and hats will continue to be popular items to our recipients. We look forward to continue doing our small part to aid those in our community in whatever way we are able.
Austin Atheists Helping the Homeless (Austin AHH) is not a formalized organization, but is, rather, a group of people uniting to aid our community. Donations made to Austin AHH are not deductible for tax purposes.