Houston ranks in top hundred for most caring cities


A recent article published on Wallet Hub has placed the city of Houston 90th on the top hundred caring cities in the United States.

"I think they are wrong, I think that they don't live here, they don't experience the people, I've been living in this town since 1976 and they are far off because I truly believe Houston is one of the most giving cities", says Scott Arthur with Star of Hope.

He says that donations are always coming in, but that the shelters have been at capacity for years now.

Arthur says, "this city understands that homelessness is not seasonal and they want to give all year round but they are reminded not only at Christmas time, but when the temperatures start to drop".

Hazel Swearingen says at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church every year they collect items on a Christmas tree to donate to the local nonprofit.

"Every year we put gloves, scarves, mittens and socks on it and we decorate it and then at a certain time of the year we take it off and we bring it over here", says Swearingen.

Folks at 97.9 The Box brought two truck loads of coats and blankets to the center Monday afternoon as well.

At the Houston Food Bank officials serve about 800,000 people each year, but that with all the people that come in, donations are matching the need.

"You can't just pay a third of your rent or half of your utility bill, but you can squeeze on the food", says Amy Ragan who is the chief development officer for the organization.

She also says, "the dollars are up, the fundraising is up but the number of volunteers is up also, we had a record breaking number of 12,000 volunteers come in the month of November".

Just to prove that it all depends on where you get your information or who is doing the polling, Livability recently named Houston number one on their list for the most charitable cities in the U.S.


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