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Atheists Helping the Homeless • DC: A New Group in Washington DC Area
We are the Atheists Helping the Homeless, DC (AHH DC). We work in the greater Washington DC area. Periodically we distribute items that have been donated to us. Our goal, as atheists, is to help our community.
By: Atheists Helping the Homeless, DC
Imagine you live on the street, maybe you have a tent or maybe not. Maybe you live out of your car or in a shelter. You've got very little space and you carry many of your belongings with you so they don't get lost. AHH DC provides small items (mostly toiletries) for people who are homeless: socks, disposable safety razors, combs, and soap, etc. The items might last a day or a week (disposable razor) or much longer (toothbrush)
AHH DC learns from their clients. People experiencing homelessness tell stories about life on the streets, about their families, about alienation, about poverty, about addiction, about successes, and about friendships. They have told the AHH DC that the best donations are socks. Socks are king followed by mini-flashlights and safety razors. Toilet paper is high on the list.
AHH DC operates on donations. So far there have been enough to support distribution events about once a month. They set up a table for 2-3 hours on a sidewalk where homeless people are passing by to distribute items. The last event (August 2021) in Silver Spring, MD was able to help over 75 clients.
As a relatively new group, an immediate goal of AHH, DC is to achieve public awareness. Their website is www.atheistshelping.org. You may write to them at atheistshelping@