Anyone in need of daily essentials or experiencing homelessness of any kind is invited to Let’s Get Warm Giveaway sponsored by the Local Homeless Coalition in Ellis County. The event is slated for 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 at First Baptist Church, 450 E. Hwy 287, in Waxahachie.

Three hot meals will be served to our homeless guests and volunteers. Showers will be available for our guests, if they desire. There will be free haircuts, clothing, coats and blankets available for all ages. Goody Bags with personal care items and snacks for each guest will be given to those who come to First Baptist or who we meet at their location.

Transportation to and from the event will be provided where needed. Local nonprofits and homeless support services will be on hand to answer questions and provide resources. This Giveaway is in junction with the annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Count.

The Point-In-Time Count is a snapshot, following HUD guidelines, of how many homeless individuals are in our community on a single day. On the local level, point-in-time counts help communities plan services and programs to appropriately address local needs, measure progress in decreasing homelessness, and identify strengths and gaps in our community’s current homelessness assistance system.

There are a variety of volunteer positions open from setting up tables, preparing sets of towels for showers to cooking, serving and actually going out to different locations in Ellis County to talk to the homeless and invite them to the event.

The Local Homeless Coalition of Ellis County will hold a public table discussion for the general public on Affordable Housing Options for Ellis County from 6:30 pm to 8 pm following the Spaghetti Dinner that wraps up the Point-In-Time Count held at First Baptist Church January 23rd. The guest speakers will be Marty Muscari, Executive Director for North Texas Aging and Disability, and Jackson Longan who is the Regional Outreach Manager for Oxford House Inc.

For more information or to register as a volunteer or support organization, please go to elliscountyhomeless.com.

The Local Homeless Coalition in Ellis County is a community action group of concerned citizens and organizations dedicated to raising awareness, preventing homelessness and developing affordable housing in Ellis County.