Homeless Alliance needs donations amid dangerous heatwave
With temperatures in the 90s and 100s, now is the time to stay indoors as much as you can. But that’s not always possible, as many people living on the streets can tell you.
The Homeless Alliance told News 9 that a heat wave can be just as dangerous as a snowstorm. Lower donations in the summer make it difficult for those with no escape from the hot weather.
“People definitely think the cold is a dangerous time for our homeless neighbors, but extreme heat can also be very dangerous,” said Meghan Mueller, associate executive director of the Homeless Alliance.
The Homeless Alliance is asking for donations as Oklahoma experiences triple-digit heat.
“We’re really concerned about things like heatstroke or overexposure, dehydration, all of those things are potentially very dangerous when you see such hot temperatures,” Mueller said.
The non-profit organization is asking for lotion, sunscreen, insect repellent and other medications for those in need.
“Things you need to combat these extreme temperatures, antibiotic ointment, Benadryl, painkillers,” she said.
Meghan Mueller said extreme temperatures always bring more people to their daytime shelter.
It’s open from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for anyone who needs to cool off Monday through Friday.
“Anyone can come in no questions asked, even if someone’s house was hot, their air conditioner was broken or something, it’s a big cool room, so people are welcome to come and have a meal, take a shower. We distribute donations through the day shelter,” she said.
Their outreach teams scour the city with donations for those who prefer to stay put.
“Engaging with people who are in the encampments making sure they are okay, handing out water, trying to encourage people to ‘come in if you need to cool off,'” Mueller said.
People who want to donate can drop items off at the Homeless Alliance or contribute through their Amazon wishlist.