Families donating together!!

 Frankie is a young lady i know from the Burning Man community and she reached out to me over this winter as she wants to donate along with her family
She asked for items we need and then they generously donated the following!
100 Emergency Mylar Blankets – 84″ x 52″
54 Pairs of Socks
80 Pairs of Hand Warmers
144 Individually Wrapped Toothbrushes
144 Travel Size Toothpaste Tubes
She wanted us to know how much they appreciate this program and she told me it was a pleasure to be able to make a contribution and that her family really loved the idea as well.  The thanks goes to THEM…because we can not do what we do without people like Frankie and her family!!
Kathryn and Nick and their family also made donations to BWB as well over the holidays.. they purchased $5.00 McDonalds cards and donated a big box of toiletries. Those donations with the above ones helped to make more backpacks over the winter!
The selflessness of these families is what helps humanity. There are so many ways to celebrate holidays… and reaching out to those less fortunate to make sure they have what they need is the kindest way to put the reason for the season in action.
Thank you all so much
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Hand knitted hats

Morgan Manasa is a friend of a friend who learned about what BWB Detroit does. and she sent us a package of hand knitted hats!!!
She had been crocheting since she was eleven years old and decided recently to make items to donate to various charities. When she heard about BWBDetroit she knew she had to send in some hats.
She just needs more yarn to make more hats…got some?..contact her and send it to her so you can help her help others!
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Mystery donor of MANY toiletries!!

Her name is Michelle- that much I know.. She called me once, I missed the call…now we text. I have never met this woman but she has donated supplies to BWB Detroit on two occassions and goes out of her way to get the supplies to us things we very much need- Toiletries!!

We are so very thankful to her for her efforts..and hope she continues!!

a small example of what she gives..the next donatation was much bigger and we used them at this past weekends FreeStore held at the Mariner’s Inn!!


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Support the Girls – Detroit- WE DID!!!

We ALSO donated 642 bras to Covenant House Michigan today thanks to the work of several marvelous women: Danielle Doxie Kaltz and Burners without Borders Detroit collaborated with the Potential Detroit Cocktail Rotary Club and Lee Shows Padgett to kick off a drive. Caryl Cunningham collected over 500 bras herself. The metal bra pictured was designed by Olivia Huszti and hung at the Motor City Tattoo Convention, where they collected more bras. Danielle collected even more at NonSense Night in Detroit at the Tangent Gallery. Then Kristen L. sent a few more bras along that made it into the delivery. THANK YOU to everyone who made this insanely successful drive happen. Final note: Covenant House told me that the 200 bras we donated about 2 months ago are already almost gone, such is the need. The work you’re doing really matters.

the amazing Caryl Cunningham- who collected bras at the Motor City Tattoo Convention at her booth…see the big bra below!!

Caryl’s booth at the Motor City Tattoo Convention.  Metal bra pictured designed and made by metal artist Olivia Huszti!
Support the girls organizers son with the all the bras i left at her front door!!17903792_1847460272145400_8601377018567220010_n.jpg
HELP THEM OUT- https://www.facebook.com/Support-the-Girls-Detroit-1678016149089814/
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Helping the Detroit Phoenix Center

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The Guilliom Family Foundation has again honored us with a grant.

And we are so blissed and blessed by this.. we knew they were considering us for the grant but to be honest it slipped my mind until I opened a letter last night in my mailbox.

They have contributed $1350.00 to us for the project. This will help us to afford to replenish many of the shelf stable items we need for the backpacks!

BWB Detroit is beyond honored to have them on our team helping us help others.

I adore Anthony and Allison.. and their passion for living..they are both so amazingly sweet, funny and generous beyond anything you might expect.

We thank them both so much and the whole family foundation.







In 2011 we were awarded 888.99$ from the Guilliom Family Foundation

In 2012 we were awarded 1200.00$ from the Guilliom Family Foundation

In 2014 we were awarded 1750.00$ from the Guilliom Family Foundation

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BWB Inventory post packing!

In November two people did an inventory of all the items we had on deck.. and it was quite a list.. we are going to need another inventory come April …hint hint 😉

here is an idea of what we use …


INVENTORY 2016/2016 done 11/25/2016




Toothpaste/brush kits…22

hair picks….576








foot warmers…44

wipe packs…..45



liquid hand soaps, large…..32

pregbagged  feminine products…..41 bags

loose fem products in that box….see sheet on box…didn’t write it down

beard balm….288

kleenex packs….50

36 cans baked beans


Taken from your garage….

gloves….32 adult/ 13 kids



socks…..122 adult/ 8 kids


granola bars….30

there are 13 boxes of 36 ea. of backpacks downstairs, new backpacks in 2 boxes( same as the ones upstairs)….. 63


the few boxes, crates, etc in the room next to the vault are not counted yet. They are mostly random toiletries, one is a crate of 23 premade toiletry bags to go in backpacks.

and there is a box full of plastic bags holding all the contents of a complete backpack I believe. looks like maybe 15 of those….

There are also a couple small boxes of food, has not been counted, but all the cans have been checked for expiration date. The ones that are expired are against the back wall in that room. below the empty boxes left over.

There are about 10 backpacks in the vault that were never used, they are still in there. Empty ones.







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