When was the last time you cleaned out *your closet and donated unsed items? During the summer months many of us don't have time or perhaps don't think of it. But there is a need unique to *this summer.
Aa few weeks ago Traci Shaffer was moved to make a difference.
“I volunteer at the Open Door Mission every other Wednesday,” Shaffer said.
When she saw the empty shelves inside the Timberlake Outreach Center she spread word at her office and collected donations. Monday night she dropped them off.
“We're not asking people to take the clothes off their backs but maybe their racks,” President and CEO Candace Gregory said.
And Gregory hopes more people follow Shaffer's lead. But she admits this summer things are different.
“There's higher need for those that are coming off the streets who can't seek shelter from the weather as well as those who don't have an air conditioned home,” Gregory said.
She says they're in need of children’s summer clothing, sunscreen, water bottles and fans. In fact Monday afternoon only five remained and even more shelves bare. Still families displaced by flooding or heat are seeking assistance.
Shaffer says she'll continue to help lighten the load.
“It would be nice if every person would just take 10 or 15 minutes to see what they have, what they don't need. We all have way too much stuff and for someone that doesn't have anything would make a difference to them. Things that are really a burden to us,” Shaffer said.
Gregory says she's never seen a summer with more need but the flood and heat are a one two punch for many families.
So how can you help? Donations are accepted at their drop off location at 2828 North 23rd Street East in Omaha. They are open Monday through Saturday between 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
You can also volunteer your time. This summer in particular they have a tough task of preparing 1000 sack lunches each day. If you are interested in signing up call (402)-422-1111.