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Survival Gear Drive

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This weekend’s forecast is predicting almost two inches of rain. The wet weather is just a nuisance for most people, but for our homeless neighbors it’s a major ordeal. That’s why DSA SF’s (Democratic Socialists of America San Francisco’s) Homelessness Working Group is organizing a drive to distribute survival gear to unhoused neighbors during the storm this weekend (2/1/2019 - 2/3/2019). The purpose of this fundraiser is to cover the expenses for tents, tarps, ponchos, socks, etc. Any extra funds will be used for similar DSA SF Homelessness drives in the future.

During the storm in mid-January, the city offered only 25 extra mats for 4,200 homeless people during storm. Meanwhile, organizers handed out tents, tarps, ponchos, and socks to our unhoused neighbors, but the SF Police Department continued the sweeps, confiscating property and telling unhoused people to move along. The city’s confiscation policy won’t stop us from doing what the city refuses to do: helping our unhoused neighbors in need. Meet us at the DSA SF Office to pick up supplies and go out in groups to help distribute them to our unhoused neighbors.

The first distribution will begin at 6pm on Thursday 1/31 at DSA SF 350 Alabama St. If we have remaining resources we will attempt to repeat the distribution on Friday and Saturday as the storm progresses.

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“It’s like a nightmare where you wake up and you know, you’re falling, you’re scared awake.

You can’t really sleep. You don’t have any coverage, anything protecting you. Anyone can walk up on you, and they do. It’s scary. You can’t sleep, your eyes are opening and closing.

When the wind comes in, and the rain comes in, it soaks through your whole being. That cold, you can’t shake it, and there’s no way of getting dry again, for hours. You can’t go into Starbucks, you’re all wet. You want to get warm but you can’t. It’s like reaching for a doorknob but you can’t reach it, missing it, missing it, missing it.

When you have a tent, that’s your shelter, that’s your protection. It’s like a castle. It stops people from looking in, taking your things, from being creepy… you feel like you can get a good night sleep.

When you don’t have that simple layer of tent, it’s like you’re on stage for the world — to steal from you. Hurt you. It’s very scary and cold.”

-Couper O. ( http://www.sfexaminer.com/sf-rolled-25-extra-mats-4200-unsheltered-homeless-people-storm/)

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Thank you so much to all who donated to the drive! We are closing donations. Here's a sample of what we managed to distribute so far with the $4433.33 we have spent. The rest will go towards more of the same!

Tents 47
Tarps 29
Ponchos 89
Socks 280
Propane tanks 58
Baby wipes 53
Water 75
Clif Bars 84
Plastic Bins 15
Sleeping bags 25
Sanitary napkins 160
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Yesterday, volunteers purchased $2382.16 worth of supplies and distributed them to folks camped out in the Tenderloin, Bayview, SoMa, and the Haight. What did we get?

28 tents
16 tarps
50 ponchos
130 pairs of socks
38 propane tanks
20 packs of baby wipes
25 bottles of water
48 protein bars
15 plastic bins
7 sleeping bags

We'll be doing more supply runs from the funds raised since yesterday, and will be meeting at 2PM tomorrow (2/2) at 350 Alabama St. to do another distribution run. Come join us! No experience needed, everyone is welcome. :)
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Wow!! We made our initial goal within 24 hours! Y'all are absolutely amazing. We're so grateful for your help in getting essentials for unhoused folks, especially in the cold and rainy winter. We'll keep it going through the weekend. Can we make it to $5K?
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