Donate Supplies for Houston’s Homeless at Star of Hope Drive on Sunday

November 30, 2011

The Houston CPA Society will be collecting donations for Houston’s homeless at the Star of Hope drive on Sunday.

The drive will be held at the Jewish Community Center, 5601 South Braeswood, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Clutch,” the Houston Rockets mascot, will be on site from 10-11 a.m. and will provide hugs for a donation to the Joshua and Robin Berry Family.

Joshua and Robin Berry were killed in a traffic accident on July 2.  Their three children Aaron, 8, Peter, 9 and Willa, 6 survived the accident. Aaron and Peter have serious injuries.

Several organizations will be volunteering at the driving including B’nai B’rith, Temple Sinai Brotherhood, Bellaire High School Reserve Officers Training Corps, the Jewish Community Center and several Boy Scout troops.

“Star of Hope needs more supplies than ever to help families in the current economy,” said Edward Gardner, who is organizing the drive.  “We are seeking slightly used clothing, toiletries, blankets, sheets, shoes, food and new toys, including electronic learning toys with batteries included, but we are unable to accept furniture.”

Star of Hope has specifically asked for these items:

.               Deodorant – both men’s and women’s

.               Towels – can be new or gently used

.               Diapers & Pull-ups – Sizes 4, 5 & 6

.               Men’s socks and boxers

.               Razors

.               Steel toed boots

.               Blankets

.               Condiments

.               Bibles, diaries, journals

.               Snacks for kids

.               Flashlights with batteries

.               Gift wrap and boxes

.               Any food item, including bottled water

They cannot accept the following:

.               Used undergarments

.               Partially used hygiene products

.               Open, “broken seal” medical products

.               Pots, pans, dishes, silverware, etc.

.               Mattresses, box springs, headboards, etc.

.               Computers, printers and peripheral equipment

.               Telephones, fax and copy machines, etc.

.               Paint, charcoal, matches and other flammables

.               Residential or office furniture and appliances

.               TVs, radios, microwaves, toaster ovens, etc.

.               Christmas ornaments and other seasonal decorations

.               Damaged, broken or inoperable items

“The Houston CPA Society will provide receipts for the tax deductible donations, and the volunteers will retrieve the items from your vehicle,” Gardner said. “It is a good idea to take a photograph and make a list of any donation showing its original cost and fair market value.”

Star of Hope serves more than 1,000 homeless men, women and children each year.  Positive life changes are encouraged through structured programs, which focus on spiritual growth, education, career development, life management and recovery from substance abuse.

For information on making a donation, call the Houston CPA Society at 713-622-7733.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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