The people we serve have other needs besides food. When people think about a “soup kitchen”, they picture the homeless or people commonly called street people. That is not the case. Sure there are many homeless that come to Matchan but a good part of our guests are just low income folks, individuals on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or senior citizens on a fixed income. Some have low income jobs, sometimes referred to as “the working poor”.
Matchan helps these people by providing them with some necessities of life which they might not be able to afford if they want to pay their rent, utilities or other higher priority needs.
The following is a wish list of some of our guests:
- White socks, especially in the winter
- Shaving razors
- Hand Soap and shampoo
- Tooth paste
- Wash clothes and towels
- Sanitary napkins
- Diapers (Both adults and children)
- Toilet paper
- Laundry soap
- New men’s and women’s underwear
- Men’s work boots (often these must be purchased)
- Bicycles (in working order) – often their only transportation
- Bicycle locks and chains
Collecting some of these items is a good project for people who stay in hotels or student and scouts looking for a project for credits.