Ok.. so i have 3 backpacks in my car full enough to give out..and like 7 in my trunk that need to added to as they are a bit light. Once i fill those we have accomplished getting out 430 backpacks to folks on the streets in need.
Thank you to all the people who took backpacks this year.. it was the most ever. About 15 folks helped get packs out.
I have to admit this was the first year that I have given out so few, and it feels weird for sure..but with the rest of them gone and our storage empty it is proof that folks care about this project and want to help our local homeless.
Collecting and fundraising has already started for next year…. and i know we are going to have another successful year of helping others.
So much gratitude to all that have helped.!!
This is a wonderful campaign being run by my friend Garrett.. very much worth supporting! please consider sending him anything you can..as it will all count!
Jesse from BACK@YOU hit me up on our BWB Detroit facebook page today to tell me they are making a map of groups and charities that give out backpacks for the homeless. They are creating a map of organizations like there’s also giving out backpacks. we are honored to be on their map CLICK ME FOR MAP
We chatted for bit and i learned this is there mission:
BACK@YOU works to help the homeless survive life on the streets. We give them backpacks filled with essential supplies and a handmade scarf as a sign to the recipient that this is a gift of kindness, comfort, and respect. The homeless are not invisible to us, they matter to us, and we care about them. The goal of BACK@YOU is to show them we mean it.
So just like us the care to humanize the homeless and help people realize that we are all connected. We require folks who give out backpacks to ask the persons name and tell them theirs.. its easy to just a pack out.. but we want human interaction. Homeless folks are used to being ignore.. we can easily not see them..the Invisible people. We hope to change that and i am really happy to learn BACK@YOU feels the same.
Just learned about SignupGenuis and we are very excited for this. This site will help us keep track of donations so we know what we will need for next year.. feel free to sign up and use it thank you very much.
We are still on the streets esp as the weather is still so bitter cold.
Luckily many homeless shelters stay open 24hrs in this weather and take in more people. That does help many people but sometimes due to over crowding folks don’t bother so getting backpacks on the streets is still helpful.
Thanks to all the people who have been helping get packs on the streets.. the more people helping the more people helped!
Looking forward to spring to break this dangerous cold spell.
a blog about a blog!… check out the new blog about Burners without Borders Detroit on the Voices of Burning Man page for the Burning Man main site!
Thanks to Jon Mitchell for posting it!!!
..I would like to make ONE small correction to the article as i believe in accountability and leaving a good record…. the blog stated… “Then Doxie’s friend, Rosey, asked her family to donate supplies to the Backpack Project instead of giving her Christmas gifts that year, and that’s when Doxie says “the project leveled up.”
What that statement missed is that Rosey Posey (LNT QUEEN) did was ask her family to donate supplies then SHE put them into backpacks…..when she gave them all to me that winter she was so matter of fact when she told me..why not use our burners camping sensibilities and put them to use for this!!! so simple so genius.. that is what leveled us up the first time.. i was just giving folks items with or without paper and plastic bags.!! thank you Miss Rosey!!
and the images are mine!
It is just a little thing but it is the little things that make life good!
Thanks for the folks who run the Voices of Burning Man webpage!
Image capture of the homepage http://burningman.org/
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