A fundraiser for The Connecting Grounds by The Mystery Hour
You may be wondering: HotHands? Those hand-warmer things? How much good can that do?
A lot of good, it turns out. We were surprised to learn that HotHands will literally be life-savers this winter.
Since shelters only open when it's 32 degrees or below, and with reduced capacity due to COVID-19, many people are left without anywhere to go on cold nights. Here, in Springfield, Missouri.
This is something that can make a real difference for the hundreds of people who will be out on the streets of our city, unable to access crisis cold weather shelters. (Hundreds. Here, in Springfield.)
Why this goal? An estimated 25k-30,000 additional HotHands are needed for the winter, supplying 6-8 per person, per night. $25,000 would cover that and then some, thanks to wholesale prices.
It's a big goal, but it's a big problem. We can do it together!
We know there are so many larger issues (affordable housing; access to jobs; addiction and mental health services; the list goes on) more complicated than we can address in one GoFundMe, but this is one way we can make a difference and literally save lives as we move into colder months. We can’t fix everything, but we can do something. And you can help.
We’re partnering with The Connecting Grounds, a ministry that provides for the everyday needs of the unhoused people in our community. Their street outreach team goes out nightly to check on and provide supplies to those who are not able to access shelters. When we asked what we could do to help, the answer was: HotHands.
Lead Pastor Christie Love explains: “Having the ability to give out 6-8 pairs per person per night is crucial to help vulnerable individuals maintain their core body temperature. We bag up these warmers with instructions that inform people where they can put the warmers on their bodies for greatest effectiveness. This placement is: a warmer in each shoe, a warmer in each pocket of their pants, a warmer under each armpit, and a warmer in each hand.”
November is Homelessness Awareness Month. Help us raise awareness and funds that will help spread some warmth this winter.
:: Special thank you to Kenny Wheeler for designing our graphics! ::
More ways to get involved and support long-term solutions:
Learn more about The Connecting Grounds
From the Springfield News-Leader:
- Read recent coverage about shelters in Springfield
- Learn more about SGF NAACP Economic Justice Task Force
Watch the Springfield Street Choir appearance on The Mystery Hour in January:
- Becky Meadows
- Kelly Rapp
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