We are a Christ-based organization in Irvine, California, with a heart for serving the homeless population in Orange County through a mobile clothing distribution system. Most other clothing events require vouchers and are a bus ride or more away from the recipient’s location, making it impossible for those that are mentally ill to receive clothing. Some locations provide food, but not clothing.
Our goal is to meet the needs of the homeless with adequate clothing for different seasons and weather. We also want the clothing to be decent and clean to give these people a boost in their already low self esteem, and to help them in looking presentable when scheduling and appearing at interviews.
Considering the amount of clothing that is thrown away every day, there is no reason for people to go without basic clothing. Our aim is to give clothing directly to the people who are in need and not to drop it off somewhere assuming it will be distributed.
We have been going into the city of Santa Ana for about 7 years. We are all volunteers and servants of the Lord. We go by faith, believing that the resources of clothing and financial aid will be provided by other believers. This is a day-to-day operation waiting on the Lord.
During the winter, we go to the National Guard Armory where the homeless are housed at night to pass out clothing several times a month. We also go to the Civic Center area of Santa Ana and the Salvation Hospitality House. Our newest location is the Mental Health Association Drop-In Center. We serve approximately 300 people in a month, amounting to over 1,200 items of clothing. In between we are busy collecting, sorting, washing, and marking sizes on every article. All donations are kept in a storage facility; preparation is the hardest part, taking many hours and lots of hands.
Our most important goal is to share with these people the love of Jesus Christ. We go in His name and try through the power of the Holy Spirit to offer love, empathy and the Good News of forgiveness and salvation. We do this with our smiles and touches and also with our willingness to pray and talk with everyone who is interested. We supply Christian literature and Bibles.
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