Donations through summer help men's shelter

By Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 7/11/19

The weather has warmed up in Taos and residents continue to show their warm hearts by donating to the men's shelter box at The Taos News front reception area. The …

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Donations through summer help men's shelter

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The weather has warmed up in Taos and residents continue to show their warm hearts by donating to the men's shelter box at The Taos News front reception area. The box has been there since October and every week, the generosity of Taoseños has filled it up with socks, shirts, food, soap, gloves and more. The box makes it easy for people to donate because the shelter, which is the community newspaper's neighbor, is closed during the day so the men can receive counseling and other services.

This week, some unknown donors dropped off individual personal care packages for the men complete with notes of encouragement and prayers.

With the hot summer in full swing, a few items would be helpful for the men, who must find places to go during the day when the shelter is not open. Baseball caps or other hats would help shield their skin from the sun plus sunscreen and lip balm would help reduce their exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays. Laundry soap and tall garbage sacks also are always welcome donations along with new socks and underwear. Rain jackets also would be good as the monsoon season gets underway. Donations can be dropped off any weekday during business hours at the Taos Men's Shelter box at The Taos News.

The shelter does not have a full kitchen, and so every night of the year different people and businesses volunteer to bring the men dinner, often home-cooked meals. If you are interested in providing a meal to the men at the shelter, email eraszady@taosmensshelter.org.

The Taos Men's Shelter on 220 Albright Street is open seven nights a week. Summer hours are 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.

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