Thank you to all the supporters of the RI Dream Center Hope for the Homeless Winter Survival Backpack Sponsors!!!!

If that’s not a mouthful, I don’t know what is!!!

Here’s the scoop, for those of you that don’t know what’s up – every year we hand out 300 free backpacks to the homeless filled with winter survival supplies.  Yeah, it’s expensive, and yeah, it’s a lot of work….but it is soooooooo worth it!!!

To get it done, we rely on friends and family of the RI Dream Center for support.  One of the main fundraisers is the Walkathon.  Another way we raise support is simply by asking for supplies, and year after year I am totally amazed by the outstanding efforts of ordinary, everyday citizens of our community that help provide supplies for our backpacks.

Ok, so let’s set the table – here’s what we hand out:

Backpack
Socks
Hat
Gloves
Scarf
Fleece Blanket
Shampoo
Deodorant
Lotion
Toothpaste
Toothbrush
Soap
Conditioner
Razor
Shave Cream
Combs
Nail clippers
Bible
Kleenex
Lip balm

Other helpful items are hand sanitizer, alcohol free mouthwash, toilet paper and feminine hygiene products.

As you can see, it’s a lot – just multiply that list by 300!!!!

We have already started receiving some donations, but if you would like to help us out by donating any of the above necessities it would be great!  If you would like to donate anything, leave a comment below and we will figure out the best way to connect!

So, here are the dates I promised:

HFH Walkathon – October 11th at the PT Church Parking Lot at 8:30 am

Filling of the Backpacks – November 11th at PT Church at 6:00 pm until…..whenever we’re done!

Backpack Hand Outs – November 15th  State House Lawn at 7:00 am

If you would like to help out with ANYTHING you have read about in this post, please let me know and we will put you in contact with someone running each of these events!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this blog!!!

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