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About Amy Umble: Amy Umble writes about religion and social issues affecting the Fredericksburg community.

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More ways to help the homeless

I just deleted the post about Micah needing washing machines. They now have more offered than they need. It’s so awesome to live in such a generous community. But if you still really want to give away a washing machine, I’m expecting my third baby this summer and I’m sure a high-capacity washer would come in handy.

Just kidding! But if you’re interested in more ways to help our area’s homeless, here are some ideas:

Micah Ecumenical Ministries needs donors for the special gifts program. Supporters of the program will get a call every few months to supply specific needs, like hard-to-find sizes or items needed for specific work attire. To participate, email meghann@dolovewalk.net. Micah also needs money for prescriptions and bus tickets. Other wishes include: men’s and women’s new underwear, $25 gas cards, socks (grey or white only) and batteries (AA, C and D). 540/479-4116. Or click here.

The Thurman Brisben Center needs: cleaning and laundry supplies, like bathroom cleaner, Pine Sol, Dawn dishwashing soap, heavy duty mops, heavy duty buckets, indoor/outdoor brooms, powdered laundry soap and bleach. Other needs include: coffee, sugar, creamer, breakfast cereals, iced tea, juice boxes, shampoo, shaving cream, toothpaste and deodorant. Call 540/899-9853, click here or email klally@brisbencenter.org.

Stafford and Spotsylvania County McKinney Vento programs need toiletries for homeless students and slow cookers and can openers for families living in motels. Call Lisa Dolan at 540/582-2480.

Mary’s Shelter needs used cars, laptops, vacuum cleaner, gift cards to Wal-Mart and Target, children’s books, toilet paper, newborn diapers, breast pumps and baby slings. 540/623-5778 or click here.

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