As these hot summer days grow humid, muggy, and uncomfortable, it’s natural to wonder how anyone could tolerate spending extensive time outdoors. For many in the homeless community in Baltimore, they don’t have a choice. When temperatures rise and emergency shelters are full, it can be difficult for these people to find cool shelter or shade – much less water. Let’s discuss the importance of hydration in the homeless community and how you can help.
The Importance of Hydrating the Homeless
Water is vital to life, and yet so many people lack access to this resource. In a city like Baltimore, where heat is on the rise and many of the homeless stand in the face of the blistering sun, it makes you wonder why there isn’t a water fountain on every block. Without water, there is a serious and life-threatening risk of untreated dehydration. This effects of this can range anywhere from thirst pains and irritability to sunken eyes, seizures, or death.
As scary as that sounds, what is even scarier is that 75 percent of Americans (homeless or otherwise) are chronically dehydrated! Click here to learn more about the risks of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke in Baltimore.
How You Can Help: Donate Water in Baltimore Today
It is absolutely imperative that those with access to clean drinking water take advantage of it – not only by opting to drink water instead of soda or alcohol, but by donating it. Every life matters, both inside and outside of our community, and you can help save those lives by donating water in Baltimore today. Baltimore City’s Code Red Program is a great resource that works to provide those in need with bottled watered and other resources during extremely hot “Code Red days.” However, there is a greater need.
Water intake isn’t only essential on the hottest days of the year, people need fluids to survive day in and day out regardless of the weather. You can help keep the homeless community in Baltimore hydrated, healthy, and safe by donating water bottles to My Brother’s Keeper or your local community outreach today. You can also donate online now to contribute funds to support our efforts or check out our donations wish list. For more information on how to donate, please contact Danise Jones-Dorsey at 410-644-3194.
Ready to Make a Difference? Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping
To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.