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.

POWS is asking the public for help. The shelter anticipates receiving 85 or more guests per night during this week’s freezing overnight temperatures, and the coat closet is low on clothing and hygiene items.  

The public can help in one of two ways. 

1. Donate new or gently used items (see below for requested items) at the following drop-off locations in Plano through Feb. 28.

Please call or check these locations’ hours of operation online before visiting with your donations.  

  • 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

Items that can be accepted at the drop-off locations include mens’ and womens’ shoes, socks, underwear,  jeans, t-shirts, coats, winter gloves and winter hats. The most urgently needed items this week include:  

  • Mens’ shoes in sizes 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
  • Mens’ jeans in sizes 30, 32, 34 / length 32
  • Mens’ boxer briefs (new) in sizes M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
  • Men’s beanies in black, brown, tan, gray
  • Mens’ coats in sizes L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
  • Mens’ waterproof winter gloves
  • Mens’ hoodies in sizes L, XL, 2XL, 3XL
  • Travel-size hygiene items such as deodorant, lip  balm, tissue, etc.

2. Make a financial donation by check, allowing POWS to shop for clothing and hygiene items.

Make checks payable to The Salvation Army-POWS, and mail checks to:  

The Salvation Army-POWS  
P.O. Box 86006  
Plano, TX 75074  

For more information on the Plano Overnight Warming Station, please visit planows.org 

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