Caring for the Community – Part 3

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Below is one more opportunity to help those in need in our community.  There are plenty of other such opportunities; but these are a start.

St. John’s Shelter Program for Women and Children is an organization dedicated to supporting homeless women and children, the most vulnerable of the homeless population, to advance from crisis situations to self-sufficiency.  In addition to shelter, St. John’s offers 90-day assistance programs with classes and counseling, and follow-up programs.

St. John’s website has a detailed “wish list” of items they need to be donated.  Among the many items listed are these:  High chairs; port-a-cribs; gift cards for gas, food, and for local supply stores (Home Depot, OSH and Lowe’s); bus passes; first-aid kits; umbrellas; hand & bath towels; laundry detergent; heavy-duty garbage bags; toilet paper; paper towels; women’s undergarments, pajamas and sweats; twin- and full-size sheets, blankets and pillows; diapers and diaper wipes; and many other items.

Please also note that, for a variety of reasons, they *can’t* accept:  Used toys, Happy Meal toys, used baby equipment, soiled/heavily worn clothing, or non-essential household items.  (I’d suggest looking at the list on the website, and/or calling or e-mailing at the contact information below, to make sure you are giving them the items they need.)

Donations can be delivered to St. John’s warehouse at 4410 Power Inn Road in Sacramento.  They can only accept donations at the following hours (please don’t leave donations behind apart from these times):

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1 – 6 p.m.

Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more information or to answer any questions, please contact Rachele Burton at rburton@stjohnsshelter.org, or call (916) 453-1482.

If you would prefer to send a cash donation and let St. John’s do the shopping, please send a check or money order to:

St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children

4410 Power Inn Road

Sacramento, CA 95826.

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