Horns for the Homeless hosted their 3rd semi-annual event in O’Bryant Square in downtown Portland on a gorgeous Saturday morning. Volunteers worked hard to prepare the distribution of items donated by several local merchants including, but not limited to:
- Home Depot
- Roadrunner Sports
- Medical Teams International
- Happy Tails Pet Center
- Cedar House Media
- Urban Gravity
H4H’s message of “Compassion Through Music” rang true as dozens of volunteers were joined by hundreds of unfortunate street dwellers to enjoy some music by prominent singer/songwriters Rich Ray, Julia Nusbaum, Mike Diamond, Keith Parkhurst, Brian Ray, Dale Jackson and H4H Director Stephanie Vlachos. The afternoon culminated with great music from several members of the Oregon City High School Pioneers Pep Band: Rena Walters, Terri-Lee Blue, Andrew Anderson, Chris Rogers and Katie Schultz.
400 sack lunches, tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, coats, men’s and women’s clothing, hundreds of pairs of shoes, hygiene and dental supplies were distributed to those in need. Many volunteers were homeless themselves, eager to participate in the organization and distribution of the generous donations.
Several of the homeless being served spoke of being able-bodied and looking for work. The hope for future outreach events is to provide resources for those able and interested in employment to find work, job leads, or locate other skill-building opportunities.
The 2015 Fall outreach is slated for November 7th. Volunteers, donors or media relations are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.