HOUSTON, Texas - This winter weather might feel like a pleasant change unless you’re one of the 5,000 Houstonians living on the streets. “When it gets cold like that they hunker down, they don’t want to come into shelters so we reach out the them with our Action Van” says Scott Arthur, PR directorfor Star of Hope.
At least four to five times per week folks from the Star of Hope load up the “Hope in Action” van with blankets, jackets and other winter wear, and then hit the streets to lend a helping hand.
The first stop is Loaves and Fishes, where many line up for a free meal.“When the Star of Hope van pulls up there’s a lot of smiles on faces. They realize they’re going to be warm for the night” says Arthur.
The blanket provides one kind of warmth and the caring action, another. “It make me happy to have blanket” says one homeless man. “It’s a blessing to be here period and have people like ya’ll” says another.
For Lee Morgan, giving is its own reward, “It makes me feel fantastic because of the fact that you notice that the people were just coming in droves because they need blankets, they need coats and jackets and whatever.”
On this day, “whatever” included 40 pairs of socks, 35 pairs of gloves and 80 bottles of water. That’s in addition to 165 blankets and 27 jackets.
They’ll need all of that tonight since we have a Freeze Warning in effect for Houston. Areas north of I-10 like Kingwood, Spring and the Woodlands are expected to drop below freezing for 10-12 hours while Harris and Fort Bend Counties will hover around 32 degrees for four to six hours.
For this night at least, the Star of Hope has helped this group stay warm.