City officials recognized Wal-Mart yesterday for the company's support of a "Housewarming for the Homeless" drive to assist families who used to live under the Jones Falls Expressway.
The Baltimore-Washington stores donated more than $28,000 worth of materials to the campaign, filling a tractor-trailer with such items as refrigerators, mattresses, sheets, blankets, pillows, shower curtains, lamps, bulbs, pots and pans, plates, cups, utensils, toiletries and cleaning supplies, according to city officials. The company also provided supplies for families, including, diapers, cribs, bottles, baby soap and baby formula.
"We are grateful for Wal-Mart's generous support of this effort," Mayor Sheila Dixon said in a statement after the morning event in City Hall. "With their help, formerly homeless individuals and families can comfortably start their new lives."
"Here was an opportunity for Wal-Mart to make a real difference in the lives of these families," Rhoda Washington, regional senior manager of public affairs for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., said in a statement. "Combating homelessness is something that we all can do something about; it just takes the will and desire to help."
In December, city officials cleared out homeless families living under the JFX, temporarily having them stay in hotels until permanent housing was found.
City officials say the families still need basic household goods for their new homes, and they are continuing to seek donations to the "Housewarming for the Homeless" effort. More information: 410-545-3016.