Far too often he says he’s seen homeless patients released via the hospital without even the barest of necessities.
“At times, all they were discharged with was the paper gown they were provided while being treated,” he said.
Wanting to help, Castellanos figured out in which clothes as well as shoes might be most beneficial to these men as well as women. So he started out a collection at the hospital of clothing as well as shoes via his home in which he was planning to give away.
“the idea began having a modest pile,” he said. “although the idea continued to grow bigger as well as bigger.”
News about his project spread, as well as Castellanos’ modest clothing pile is usually currently a full-scale closet within the Discharge Lounge Area of Jackson Memorial, overflowing with clothing, shoes as well as accessories.
His donors include co-workers at the hospital as well as Castellanos’ biggest supporters — his fellow churchgoers at City Church in nearby Homestead.
“My mission resonates with others,” he said. “People contribute because the idea means they have a hand in bettering the community. They feel like they are doing something tangible to help others.”
Castellanos knew he was creating a difference when he gave a pair of shoes to a man whose shoes had been misplaced.
“He got emotional,” he recalled. “The man smiled as well as explained in which the shoes he was receiving were far better than the ones he had walked in with.”
Castellanos has no plans to stop stocking the closet as well as clothing some other patients in need.
“We are all human beings, all brothers as well as sisters,” he said. “We have to help each some other out.”