In the spirit of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, a group of 10 volunteers from the Southside and Shadyside Apple stores worked to assemble over 150 Winter Warm-up Kits for the CHS Street Outreach team Tuesday night.
The toiletries needed to meet basic hygeine needs are often difficult to come by for people living on the streets, and having access to clean and dry clothing layers is critical for staying safe in cold, wet winters. The Apple team was able to create bags for individuals with new socks, underwear, hats, scarves, gloves, hand warmers, thermal blankets, chapstick, and bathroom toiletries.
After assembling the bags, the team worked to create handwritten cards with messages of hope, love, and community for the people who will be receiving the packages, and worked together to take photos for '#HungryandHomelessPGH', CHS' social media campaign for Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
For a values-driven company like Apple, a positive social contribution to the community comes instrinctively. As a group that regularly volunteers together in the CHS Food Pantry, working together to address homelessness with CHS was a natural next step, and the group was eager to learn more about street homelessness and how to effectively advocate.
CHS is so thankful to have innovative and caring community partners like Apple to help us carry out our mission!
If you'd like to make a difference for our Street Outreach team, we are still accepting Winter Warm-up donations throughout the Winter. Make your purchase today through our Amazon Wish List, or contact Brooke Sciullo at Bsciullo@chscorp.org.