Atheists in Fort Worth Help Over 200 Homeless People

In addition to the one in Austin, there’s a Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter of Atheists Helping the Homeless and they held their second giveaway on Sunday:

Even more impressive: They gave away 1885 items to over 200 people in need… and all of that using only $170 worth of donations.

What did they give away? Shampoo, razors, shaving cream, lotion, soap, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, snack crackers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, clothes, deodorant, granola bars and water.

The next giveaway will be in Dallas on Sunday, September 23rd. If you’re in the area and would like to help out, more information is on their Facebook page.

They’re aiming to have two giveaways per month, but they need support to make that happen. Please consider sending them a donation (go here and click on “Donate”)!

Can’t donate? No problem. Just spread the word about what they’re doing and show people how atheists can be good without a god.

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke, who listens

    way to go, Austin Atheists! i hope some of your “christian” neighbors are motivated to try to do you one better. not holding my breath, tho.

    • Anonymous Atheist

      This post is more about the DFW Atheists Helping the Homeless, rather than the Austin ones. :)

  • Brian

    Why the obsessive focus on the homeless when it comes to atheists? I am a militant atheist, but I feel that most homeless people already have access to considerable social services. Furthermore, most of them are in their situation due to poor choices with drugs/alcohol. I spend my time and charitable money on wildlife conservation.

    We atheists don’t need to focus on homelessness simply to go head-to-head with churches. Let’s see some atheists help out with wildlife – conserving habitat, going after corporate polluters, and most of all, helping organizations like WWF battle poachers.

    • Anonymous Atheist

      I’d hardly say it’s ‘obsessive’, it’s just something a few local groups have decided to do. Other local groups certainly could decide to tackle other issues as their own charitable outreach.

      The motivation for this started with the founders in Austin, TX seeing the area in Austin where a bunch of groups set up for giveaways to the local homeless being dominated by preachy religious groups, and wanting to offer a non-preachy alternative so the homeless people wouldn’t have to subject themselves to the preaching just to get the help. IIRC they said when they did the first AHH giveaway, they were thanked by several recipients for offering the alternative.

      Until recently, perhaps it was true that most long-term homeless were in their situation because of substance abuse problems. But there have always been short-term homeless due to financial/employment/health/family difficulties often through no fault of their own, and support like this helps them try to remain as presentable as possible to have a chance of getting out of homelessness. And with the way the economy is nowadays, many people who would’ve been short-term homeless before are becoming longer-and-longer-term homeless, still often through no fault of their own.

  • Johndeaki

    Will they be going to Indianapolis, Indiana? I am interested in helping.

    johndeaki@yahoo.com

    • Anonymous Atheist

      There may be other local initiatives not using this name that I’m not aware of, but “Atheists Helping the Homeless” so far consists of the original group in Austin, TX that started in 2009, and this group in Dallas & Fort Worth, TX that started earlier in 2012. Just people in their home cities.

      As the DFW group says on their website: “The founders discovered Atheists Helping the Homeless in Austin, Texas and wondered, ‘why not DFW?’, and here we are.”

      You could help start a ‘chapter’ in Indianapolis with local atheists just like they did, if you want. :)

  • Ray

    I hope this makes national news. It sure deserves it–when atheist do something good. 

  • Ray

    Typo fix: I hope this makes national news. It sure deserves it–when atheists do something good. 

  • Scott

    This is great! But homeless people need a home!!! they need a job so they will not be homeless any more


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