From Nokomis to North Port, more than 100 children and their families are homeless, victims of an imperfect assistance system. As these families attempt to dig themselves out of a hole, that much needed assistance is being taken away, putting them into another downward spiral. We can complain about how unfair it is, rail about these people needing assistance to begin with, or we can step out of our comfort zone and do something about it.

Personal experience led Mac Marois to open Giving Hope thrift Store two years ago. Giving Hope has two locations – in Englewood and Venice – both location accept donations of clothing, furniture, working appliances, and more.

At the end of July, Giving Hope will be opening the new Giving Hope Resource Center in South Venice at 2203 S. Tamiami Trail. This location will offer a clearance store, a meeting room, and two locker rooms where homeless families with children can stop by and clean themselves up.

Families referred to Giving Hope by Senior Friendship Center, Our Mother’s House, Jewish Family Services, and other agencies, are allowed to come into the thrift stores and pick out what they need from a large selection of clothing, furniture, and children’s toys – all FREE!

As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, your cash donations are 100% deductible. Giving Hope gets no assistance from the government.

Here is a list of items we specifically need at this time:

  • Furniture
  • Clothing
  • Toys
  • Home Furnishings
  • Hotel-sized soap, shampoo and lotion
  • Towels and wash cloths
  • Commercial-size Washer & Dryer for Resource Center
  • Gift cards for grocery stores and restaurants

Have questions? Contact Marc Marois at 941-460-8110.

Are you willing to help?