By Chief Scoop Blogger
About the PZNA's East Austin Coat Drive - Spreading Warmth
The Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood Association (PZNA)’s East Austin Coat Drive – Spreading Warmth’s mission is to provide new or like-new coats, gloves, scarfs and hats during Austin’s winter months to youth and adult homeless shelters, women and children's domestic abuse safe houses and/or anyone in need.
In recent years, Austin has been experiencing longer and colder winters. Life threatening Hypothermia can set in when temperatures are between 32F and 50F. But this is only one of many health risks that occur when exposed to cold weather over long periods of time.
The City of Austin is working to end homelessness and get people living on the streets into housing with the health and human services required to help them remain off the streets. However, this this is not an easy fix, and will take time with projects being phased in over the next several years.
Homelessness has no discretion. In November 2018, the Nation witnessed all the residents of Paradise, California lose their homes and all of their belongings in one of the worst wildfires the State of California has experienced to date. Closer to home, at least 55,000 residents in Texas are still displaced because of Hurricane Harvey.
Fortunately, through One Warm Coat, PZNA members and friends can take actions to make measurable differences to help men, women and children of all ages by simply searching through our closets for that coat that no longer fits or our dresser drawers to find a forgotten pair of gloves, a scarf or hat. .
Together, our East Austin community can spread warmth to our most vulnerable members in need. Let’s ensure that everyone in our community is healthy and warm. Drop-off your like-new coat, hat, scarf or pair of gloves to one of the three locations to be announced prior to drive kickoff on January 28th. Note that each location has different operation hours of business.
All coats will go to East Austin shelters and those in need for free including:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer or have questions.
Chief Scoop Blogger
I'm Jackson Papillon, an East Austin Parque Zaragoza Neighborhood [#PZNA] Canine. I have a good nose for news and will cover two regular beats: