Breaking Borders- Elements summer edition July 18, 2015

Xaina Mulvihill has been creating these really unique art events for some time that bring out some wonderful artists and great showmanship.

the most recent was July 18, 2015.


Breaking Borders Elements Show!

Updated on Thursday · Taken at Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom

There is no greater inspiration then the creation of a work of art…
What better way to show appreciation for that inspiration then to bring it all together in one big celebration!

20% of all art sales went to Burners Without Borders and any canned food donations went to the Backpack project. This is what Breaking Borders is all about!

a few more photos links are here
and here
we are honored and thankful that we have been your charity of choice.. so many thanks to you and your team!!
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While we have yet to receive the packs.. (i am planning to drive to Chicago in September to fetch them for all of the organizations- it’s less expensive than shipping) we are already listed on there website along with four other NFPs as we are all getting backpacks donated to our similar causes of helping the homeless in our area.

I do hope we all get to meet and network.

Detroit, MI

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Huge thanks to Mike Willenborg for his dedication to conquering the Meijers donation.

Back in March of this year, 2015, even before our backpacks were all gifted last year Mike Willenborg was hot on the trail of getting Meijers to donate to Burners without Borders Detroit.

The effort took him over 5 months with many phone calls and emails and finally last month I got a surprise and unexpected call from Ms. Rosie at the 8Meijer (as I call it) Detroit’s first Meijer Thrifty Acres.

She called to inform me she had a $50 gift certificate for me to pick and use as needed!

So big thanks to Mike and Meijers for their time and contributions to the project.

Meijers gift card

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Huge thanks to INK 2015

I would like to thank the organizers of INK in Detroit for once again picking BWB Detroit as their charity to support.

Back on June 5th & 6th, 2015 – at theTangent Gallery (omg late post i am sorry for that) they hosted their second event partnered with Burners Without Borders Detroit, to help this city’s unfortunate homeless citizens. Canned goods were collected at the door.

Cash donations were used to purchase 150 pair of men’s winter gloves. This donation is the first collected for the 2015/2016 season and we are so very grateful to the whole team at INK esp Adam Layne and Diane Irby for their generosity and continued support.

small bow to you both!


Event page-

Post event Thank you –

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It’s official we are out of backpacks to give out this year.. well almost!

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.!!


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MicroHomes for the Homeless of Detroit

This is a wonderful campaign being run by my friend Garrett.. very much worth supporting! please consider sending him anything you it will all count!



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BACK@YOU… has a backpack program like ours in St. Louis!

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.

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