Many Opportunities to Help Out Randy Sams’ Homeless Shelter


Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter has teamed up with a plethora of businesses in town to receive donations in many unique ways. As the temperatures drop, our numbers seeking shelter climb as do our expenses with increased utility costs, food costs and non-food needs. We operate entirely on donations and grants and grant funding has dwindled through the years.

Gifts Galore and So Much More Holiday Expo

This Saturday, November 8th, 2014 at the Texarkana, Texas Convention Center, the Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter will, participate in Gifts Galore and So Much More Holiday Expo. We will have a table there with information as well as being one of eight non-profits with a beautifully decorated christmas tree available in the silent auction. Proceeds from the sale of the tree will be given directly to the Shelter. Come bid on our tree, learn more about the Shelter and start your Christmas shopping early.


Saturday, November 15th begins the annual Homeless Awareness Week. You can help us kick off the week by stopping by Chicos Texarkana with a non-perishable food item. If you bring a food item when you shop the Shelter will be given 10% of your purchase price and we will receive the food that is donated.

T-Shirts Available

We have t-shirts available for sale! The blue t-shirt has white writing on the front left and our logo on the back. We have long sleeve and short sleeve available in sizes medium through XXXL. Short sleeve t-shirts are $15, Long Sleeve are $20 or you can get one of each for $30. If you want a t-shirt, please email

Thanksgiving Community Meal

Each year the Shelter opens its doors to the community for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. This year we anticipate serving approximately 250 men, women and children a fantastic lunch on Thanksgiving. In order to do this we need donations of food, paper goods and volunteer time. We are in need of turkeys, hams, side dishes, desserts, paper plates, cups, napkins, utensils and trash bags. If you want to volunteer that morning, please come to the Shelter at 10am. We will begin serving at 11:00 for residential clients of the Shelter and at approximately 11:30 for the rest of the community.

Albertsons Community Partner Cards

You can earn money for the Shelter simply by grocery shopping. At any local Albertsons if you scan your community partner card with our bar code at check out, Albertsons will donate a portion of your purchase price to the Shelter! To obtain a card call us at 903-792-7024 and we will get one to you.

Amazon Smile Program

If you shop through this link, Amazon will donate. 05% of your purchase price to the Shelter!

Ink Cartridge Recycling

We can use your used ink and toner cartridges and recycle them through Funding Factory for funding for the Shelter. If you have any used cartridges you can drop them at 402 Oak Street or give us a call at 903-0792-7024 and we will make arrangements to get them.

Cook and Serve Meals at the Shelter

To see what open dates, we have please call Mike at 903-792-7024

Memorials and Honorariums

Donate in honor of a friend or loved one and we will mail the family a note letting them know of your generous gift. You can send in donations with a notation of who your are honoring or memorializing as well as an acknowledgement address to Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter 402 Oak Street, Texarkana, TX 75501

Monetary Donations

Monetary donations help us pay the bills to keep the Shelter open. Any amount makes a huge difference. You can donate online or you can mail a check to Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter at 402 Oak Street Texarkana, TX 75501 OR you can stop by the Shelter anytime.
Clothing/Household good donations

If you can use it in your household we can use it in ours. Clothes of all sizes for both men and women are accepted. Bedding, towels etc can be used in the Shelter and other household goods and furniture will be given to those setting up their new housing. We also accept donations of over the counter medication, kitchen essentials and many other items.

Food/Paper Goods

We always need donations of food (cooked or uncooked) non-perishable goods, paper goods including toilet tissue, paper towels, plates, plastic utensils, forks, etc, garbage bags, detergent, bleach and other cleaning supplies.

Aluminum Cans

We can recycle your aluminum and turn it into money to help those in need of Shelter! Just drop off your recyclables at any time.

Randy Sams’ Shelter is open 24 hours a day/7 days a week, and we are always happy to see you!

The Shelter’s services are crucial to so many in our area. The number of people seeking shelter is rising and our income has decreased substantially. Without the community’s support, we will not be able to provide the services so many desperately need.

In Texarkana there are literally hundreds of people without a place to call home. We are grateful to be able to provide a temporary refuge for many as they work to rebuild. In 2014 more than 120 people have moved out of the Shelter into permanent housing and many more have made huge strides toward their goals. Our shelter is the only free shelter of our size for adult men and women in an 85-mile radius,and the only emergency shelter in Bowie County. As the temperatures drop, our numbers seeking shelter climb as do our expenses with increased utility costs, food costs and non-food needs. We operate entirely on donations and grants and grant funding has dwindled through the years.

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