THIS SATURDAY- 2018 Annual Burners without Borders Detroit Homeless Backpack packing



We are very sorry to anyone this effects… we hope you can attend the new time. If not know we appreciate your efforts and continued support.. please read on


Thankfully I reached out the people who have it and they are very sad and apologetic..and have informed me that the supplies will arrive this coming Tuesday.

After a very exciting few hours of juggling Zakery Winchester has agreed to let Burners without Borders Detroit share the space he is using at the Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom NEXT SATURDAY DECEMBER 8th.

Our event will use the ball room as we regularly do …our times are adjusted a bit… PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGES.


NEW DATE: Saturday, December 8, 2018
NEW TIME: 12 noon to 4pm/5pm

We will still have two shifts as well as collective clean up from 4pm til 5pm – Leave No Trace.

5pm til 6pm We will help the Knights of Nonsense set up for the community potluck

We will join the Nonsense Community for their evening Potluck from 6pm til 8pm

Just as we do each year.. they have set up that all the leftovers from the potluck will be going directly to the Detroit Veterans Homeless Shelter just down the street. (

This is a Leave No Trace event. Try to remember to bring your own plates/utensils! We will have a dishwashing station for your use.

Potluck signup:

Make sure to label your food for potential allergies or medicinal ingredients with the provided note cards.


They will be hosting a Nonsense Night after that folks are welcome to stay and attend. That event has a fee at the door of $10 or canned food that will be donating to GLEANERS.

They are doing a canned food/fund drive for the Gleaners Community Food Bank! ( Gleaners distributes more than 43 million pounds a food a year to nearly 500 partner agencies nationwide. Just $10 will help provide food for 30 families. Bring a few cans to donate or give a few dollars to the cause!

Again winter is quickly approaching and this is when the homeless need Y/OUR help the most.

The hosts of this event are prepping for the annual backpack packing event.

We will soon post information about our BWB Community Holiday Dinner. It will be on the same day in the same location. We encourage you to attend both events so we can build relationships and community. We believe that when we break bread it will strengthen further relationships. We hope you will join us for both!

Feel free to come at any part you can with no obligation to stay any longer than you can!!! All help counts!!


We love volunteers and want to utilize your time efficiently!

Two shifts:
*12:30 -2:00pm to help sort and set up.
small break
* 2:30 to 4pm to pack and clean up.

Special Third Shift
5:30 to 6:30pm get packs not taken by volunteers to off-site storage

YOU MUST have Google Docs “sheets” installed on your phone in order to edit and add your name.

Check out the tab labeled “Set Up for Backpacking” to sign up.

Additional volunteers will be arriving at 3:00 to set up for the Potluck dinner..if you want to assist there is a sign up at the bottom of the potluck sign up page-
There is a tab for helping with set up and for bringing a dish!

Proposed Outline. Please keep in mind all is subject to change. It is about the flow!

12:30-4pm at Tangent Gallery

12:30 -1:00pm
Need volunteers to unload vehicles and get supplies into the building. Set up the backpacks and supplies Detroit assembly style.

1:00pm – 2:00pm
Unpack and strip the supplies of packaging/wrapping.

2:30pm – 4:00pm
Pack the backpacks.

4:30pm – 5:00pm
Load full packs into the truck and deliver to storage facility down the street.

5:00pm – 6:00pm (or whenever)
Enjoy dinner at The Tangent Gallery. Click below for that event.

By doing these two events on the same day and location it allows people a chance to get to know each other better by volunteering and breaking bread together! All things very near and dear to my heart (says doxie).

WHAT- BWB DETROIT Homeless BackPacking Event
WHEN- Sunday, December 2, 2018 (again not the holiday weekend this year!)
TIME- varies based on what shift you pick—this gives a lot of opportunities to engage.
WHERE- Tangent gallery..cuz Joe is amazing year after year after year!

Thank you Charles A. Gothique and DAMNED as well as donors to BWB Detroit online.

There is an Amazon wishlist page that will send items directly to doxies house

We have already purchased a ton of the backpacks and food supplies/gloves/hats/socks…etc. We are in need of $5.00 McDonald’s gift cards.

We will need more hand warmers and hygiene packs. That is what we are lacking at the moment. Inventory will hopefully be done soon to help us know what else is needed. So for now mostly what we need is YOU!! We need you to help sort the items, strip the packaging, organize the tables, set up the tables, make hygiene packs, then fill the backpacks and load them up and deliver them to storage and clean up. It seems like a ton of work but the more folks helping the easier it is! We accomplish this task together every year!

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