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Halloween is considered unimportant to some, but to children it is a time to just be kids, to dress up as someone or something else, forget any worries and eat some sweet treats with their friends.
For parents from all walks of life, it is a chance to see smiles on the faces of their children, to spend time with the family, and also to forget about a bad day at work, lurking bills, or one of many other things. For those who are clients at High Desert Homeless Shelter (HDHS), this could not be any more needed. Most clients come to the shelter when they have nowhere else to go, after losing just about everything, and when feeling defeated.
The HDHS staff works hard to sustain and to constantly improve our operations to assist our clients in the best way possible. Financially, this can be a daunting task, with not much financial space available for any extras. Our community is an amazing support with businesses and people stepping up with financial donations as fundraising sponsors, members of our community supporting our fundraisers, through donations of raffle prizes, donations of items in amazing condition to use for clients or sell to help pay for shelter needs, by shopping at our store, and some even being so kind to contribute financially every single month of the year.
The costs are high due to the fact that HDHS does not feed just weekly, monthly, daily or seasonally; we provide food for our approximately 55 clients to eat three times a day (plus snacks), 365 days a year. Clothing, soaps, lotions, deodorant, feminine products, shavers, and even makeup are provided to our clients every single day that they stay with us. Even more important is the resources provided, all clients are offered training, job search, and everything else affording them the opportunity to find stable employment and housing. We have a 24-hour shelter, meaning we pay utilities and other costs associated with doing so because it is needed and because our clients are worth it.
So if it seems that we ask a lot of our community, we ask because we feel that you are part of our team. This mission takes an entire community to work to its optimal function. We are again looking for help, this one is not a need, but as close to a non-need can get to a need. Our clients deserve something fun for a few short hours. We are planning a small party for our clients on Friday, October 27, 2017, this would be for all 55 clients, both children and adults. The time to pull this off is low, and excess funds to do so just are not there. So we would like to reach out to the community to help.
We need the following as soon as possible:
*store bought Halloween food/snack items
*game ideas and materials needed for them if any.
*55+ candy apples (maybe a few per person willing to donate)
*paper lunch bags
*Halloween DVD's that are appropriate for all ages
*costumes- all sizes (kids and adults)
*volunteers (must sign up at shelter office at least a day before the party)
*prizes for all ages toddler to adult man or woman
Donations can be taken to the shelter office located at 14049 Amargosa Road in the City of Victorville between 8am-4pm any day of the week. PLEASE, it is very important that you tell them that the donation is for the Halloween party.