The Plano Overnight Warming Station (POWS) is a collaborative effort between The Salvation Army, Collin County Homeless Coalition, City of Plano and area churches to provide neighbors experiencing homelessness with overnight, short-term emergency shelter during inclement weather. When guests seek shelter at POWS, they are provided with a safe place to sleep, a meal, a hot shower, and the opportunity to select much-needed clothing items from the coat closet.
With bad weather heading to the areas, POWS is asking the public for help. The shelter anticipates receiving 85 or more guests per night during this week’s forecasted freezing overnight temperatures, and the coat closet is low on clothing and hygiene items. Donations of new or gently used items may be dropped off at the following locations:
- East Plano Islamic Center (EPIC) 4700 14th St. (214) 744-3786
- Dubs Tea N Eats 3131 Custer Rd. #178 (972) 985-2700
- Taverna Rossa 4005 Preston Rd. #512 (972) 403-3321
- Pinstack Plano 6205 Dallas Pkwy. (972) 781-2695
Organizers ask those donating to call or check hours of operation online before visiting.
Items that can be accepted at the drop-off locations include men’s and women’s shoes, socks, underwear, jeans, t-shirts, coats, winter gloves and winter hats. The most urgently needed items this week include:
- Men’s shoes in sizes 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
- Men’s coats in sizes L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
- Men’s jeans in sizes 30, 32, 34 / length 32
- Men’s waterproof winter gloves
- Men’s boxer briefs in sizes M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL (New)
- Men’s hoodies in sizes L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
- Men’s beanies in black, brown, tan, gray
- Travel-size hygiene items such as deodorant, lip balm, tissue, etc.
Financial donations may also be made by check. This allows POWS to show for clothing and hygiene items. Checks should be made payable to:
The Salvation Army-POWS
P.O. Box 86006
Plano, TX 75074
For more information on the Plano Overnight Warming Station, visit: planows.org