Helpful Hints To Help Families In Need

The loss of one’s home is devastating to any family, it means displacement and loss of personal items. Depending on the extent of the damage, families must rebuild their lives from almost nothing. Although charitable organizations can help out families who are victims of disasters,  there is still items that get overlooked.  You can assist a displaced family as a neighbor and a friend.

To better help a displaced family make sure you and other contributors are providing truly helpful items by reviewing this list of things a family may need after the loss of a home.

Immediate Needs

In the hours after the loss of a home, the family needs a clean change of clothing for each member including sleepwear and new underwear.

Depending on whether the family will be staying with relatives, or in hotel lodging, the family may need ready-to-eat meals and hygiene kits, including: new toothbrushes, soap and washcloths.

Babies need diapers and formula in addition to clothes.

If the family has pets, neighbors can follow up on whether the animals have shelter and need food.

Basic Necessities

The family’s basic needs include adequate clothing, such as school clothing for children and work clothes for adults. Other items a displaced family must replace are medicines and physical aids like glasses.

Volunteers can collect food to cover several days, but it should be non-perishable or ready made. Gift cards to department stores are handy so the family can shop for personal basic necessities, such as feminine hygiene products or razors.

Short-Term Needs

As the family establishes itself in a semi-permanent location, its needs shift from managing for a few days to re-establishing a normal life.

Many families need house wares such as:

  • pots
  • pans
  • plates
  • beds
  • lamps
  • tables and chairs.

Families with children will welcome:

  • toys
  • books
  • games
  • replacement school supplies like backpacks.

Cash donations help displaced families out significantly, so neighbors should look into setting up a bank account in their name where community members can contribute.

Long-Term Needs

Recovering from a loss of a home takes a long time, and continued support will help the family transition back to a normal life. Neighbors can hold fundraisers to raise money, such as yard sales or walk-a-thons. They can even set up donation jars throughout the community.

Other long-term needs that displaced families may have include transportation, seasonal clothing, or holiday

To help assist families after a tragedy helpful information will be placed on Samaritan’s Corner giving detail information such as;

  • number and ages of people affected
  • sizes of clothing,
  • and /or specific needs.