When summer hits, many of us look forward to vacations, trips, and hot days. Although summer may be great for many of us, it’s not great for those who live on the streets. Summer weather can be brutal to many. Portland experienced weather ranging from the 90s into 100s last summer. This summer will likely be no different.
For those living on the streets, summer can be punishing. Finding a cool place to rest for a homeless person is difficult. Exposure to the sun and heat for extended periods of time causes heat exhaustion. This can lead to minor symptoms to life-threatening effects especially for the elderly.
Heat exhaustion can lead to:
Nausea or irritability
Muscle cramps or weakness
High body temperature
Union Gospel Mission helps minimize homeless neighbors’ discomfort. The mission provides emergency weather cooling and items necessary to help stay cool. If heat exhaustion is not addressed soon, it can lead to a heat stroke.
Heat stroke symptoms include:
Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating
Loss of consciousness
Very high body temperature
Help our homeless neighbors this summer by donating these items:
Sports drinks (any kind will do)
Light clothing such as T-shirts, shorts, and hats
Please drop off your donations at 3 NW Third Ave., Portland, OR 97209. For any questions, please call 503-274-4483 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information about heat exhaustion and heat stroke provided by the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety.