This past winter, everyone in Seattle experienced the Seattle Freeze, with blankets of snow covering the city and temperatures reaching historic lows. As Seattleites braved the cold, the city responded with emergency shelters to offer relief to the homeless. With All Star’s continued interest in aiding our city’s homeless population, we decided to get involved.
It was a unanimous choice to host a coat drive for YouthCare, a shelter that we’ve worked with in the past, and whose focus is on younger populations. Michelle Ferris, All Star’s Director of Finance and a key member of the Community Outreach Team, took the lead in organizing the coat drive this year, noting, “It is extremely important to donate used clothes to homeless shelters. When you are homeless, with no laundry facilities, soiled items become disposable.”
Operating as one of the first shelters to serve homeless youth on the West Coast, YouthCare is devoted to uplifting the next generation. With this mission in mind, YouthCare aims to not only to provide housing and emergency shelter
In 4 weeks,
“A coat is a personal thing, so it’s rewarding to know these coats will be put to immediate use,” summed up Steve Bartlett, All Star’s photographer and videographer.
But it’s also rewarding to know that these much-needed donations will help give comfort to Seattle’s homeless youth next winter, and maybe years to come.