As homeless shelters fill up, resources are stretched to their limits. This is especially true in the fall as winter draws near and snowstorms are on the horizon. “No one is going to let anyone freeze to death outside,” said former Fargo City Commissioner Linda Coates, who fought to help open the Gladys Ray Shelter. But as the Fargo-Moorhead community has developed, the homeless population has also grown. What are some ways Fargo, North Dakota residents can help the needy?
You don’t necessarily have to give your money away. After all, you may be going through a tough time yourself. But there are ways to help out without opening your pocketbook, and every little bit helps. For example, you could do some ‘spring cleaning’ and donate any clothing or food items you don’t need to the local homeless shelters and food pantries. Or save any free samples and coupons you won’t use and donate them to the local shelters.
Items the Local Fargo Shelters are in Need of
Clothing Items – Everyone needs clothing on their backs. Imagine wearing the same outfit day after day; this happens in real life. It becomes worn out, torn, and frayed. If you have clothes lying around collecting dust, take them to a local homeless shelter or thrift store. Books are also appreciated as a way to escape reality for a while.
Personal Care Items – This is a major necessity that not everyone thinks about when donating items to shelters. These are also items that go quickly after being donated. Do you have extra shampoo or deodorant lying around? If not, consider ordering samples of these products online and giving them to those in need.
Baby Formula, Diapers, Etc – Baby diapers are expensive. Do you have unused diapers that your baby has outgrown? Another mom will appreciate the donation of diapers and baby formula for her young one.
Canned Goods – Look in your pantry at home; there are probably cans of food just waiting to be used. If you have cans or boxes of non-perishables, just think about how many lunches you can provide homeless people with that food.
Where to Donate Your Unused Items in Fargo
(Also ask about volunteer opportunities.)
New Life Center – The New Life Center is dedicated to serving homeless and needy people through spiritual, physical, material, and emotional assistance. They have a thrift store where you can drop off your unwanted items; you can even stick around and shop for bargains.
1902 3rd Avenue
Fargo, ND 58107-1067
Churches United for the Homeless – Churches United for the Homeless is a great resource for homeless and low income people in the Fargo-Moorhead area. They have a shelter, a food pantry, and a free thrift store.
1901 1st Ave N
Moorhead, MN 56560
More Ways to Help Others in Fargo
Donate your time. Local shelters, such as Churches United for the Homeless, are always looking for volunteers to help work in the food pantries and thrift stores. Check with one of the resources above (or any of the other local shelters) about volunteer opportunities.
Source: Homeless in Fargo?