Coat as shelter: Designer Bas Timmer creates for people who have no home
A man who worked as an outdoor clothing designer used his real-life experience to help thousands of people across the world. The Dutch designer, Bas Timmer has worked since 2014, in a nonprofit organization called ShelterSuit. This organization takes leftover materials and recycles them to create jackets for the homeless. These jackets aren’t just any jackets. They are made from leftover tent material and donated sleeping bags. Bas had the idea to start creating these jackets when the father of one of his friends died on the streets from hypothermia. His cause is personal to him, and it is his life’s work to help as many homeless people as possible. His jacket, the Sheltersuit, is a hybrid between a sleeping bag and a jacket. The sleeping bag folds up when not in use, and is stored inside of the jacket. Along with giving jackets to the homeless, most of the employees working at the factory that produces these jackets were homeless at one point in their lives. The non-profit hopes to reach even more people in the future because of a partnership with the Red Cross, and other organizations.
I think that this article is very interesting and informative, as it shows that even smaller companies and no-profit organizations can do a lot to help the homeless.