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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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We had our 2nd Annual Block Party this past weekend and it was such a blast!!!  The kids had so much fun having their faces painted and playing in the bounce house, and the adults had just as much fun eating bbq while enjoying live bands…we just want to take the time to say a big, heart-felt thank you to all those who came through to support the cause.

First off, let’s thank the bands that came out and played…they did an amazing job keeping us entertained throughout the afternoon…be sure to check them out when you get a chance – you won’t be disappointed:

  • The Brosvenors
  • The Retake
  • Linda Cantone
  • 33 Lights
  • Shawn Dennison

Thanks so much for taking a Saturday afternoon out of your schedule to come play for our fundraiser!

We’d like to thank all the donors as well as well.   We had sooooo many donations – from food to gifts and prizes for the raffles…I am amazed at the outpouring of the business community here in Rhode Island…thank you so much for helping us stretch toward our goals!

Finally, we’d like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who spent countless hours dreaming this event up and then turning it into a reality…it would not have been possible without you…the RI Dream Center has some of the best volunteers in the world, and we appreciate each and every one of you.   Thank you volunteers – you are the heart and soul of RIDC…

The weather was perfect and a great time was had by all.  I must admit, though, I think Dan had the most fun – check out Facebook for a couple of videos of Dan in the dunk tank!!!  Do you think anyone was able to dunk him?  You’ll have to watch the videos to find out!!!

  1. https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?v=10201441603876426&set=vb.1665144180&type=2&theater
  2. https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?v=10201446525159455&set=vb.1665144180&type=2&theater

Didn’t get the chance to swing by but still want to donate?  No problem…you can donate anytime through the following link:  https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=CzLOnQFnFkLHV6uXI6-2xOY5osKLQx_V8TjMhpW9cnDGl6VYhOSkk9kYLPO&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8d0038486cd0d9a2f30f3a21df7b0d0cee

Technologically challenged?  Probably not, how else would you be reading a blog!?!  But, if you’d rather drop us a check, that’s fine as well.  Please make it payable to “Rhode Island Dream Center” and drop it in the mail to us at 330 Park Ave., Cranston, RI 02905…

As we wrap up for today, here are a few pictures from the event:

Volunteers

Volunteer Harriet Kids Playing in Bounce House Volunteer Chuck Kids Eating Volunteer

Thanks so much for supporting the RIDC!!!  And thanks for checking in today – be sure to check in soon for future posts to the Dream Center Diary!

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Thanks for taking the time to check out the RI Dream Center Blog.

The title says it all – this is the Dream Center’s Diary…we will be posting news, updates, and every-day life stories about Dream Center volunteers, donors, and patrons.

  • Looking for volunteer opportunities?  check!
  • Looking for ways to give?  check!
  • Looking to see what your donations are doing?  check!
  • Looking to meet some of the RI Dream Center staff?  check!
  • Looking to catch up with some of the people RI Dream Center is serving?  check!

For starters, here are some of the things RI Dream Center has going on these days:

  • Food Truck – hits the streets every day handing out free meals to the homeless across Providence and Cranston
  • The Covenant – putting together wedding ceremonies for financially poor but emotionally rich couples
  • I Need You To Survive – providing free head-to-toe makeovers for no/low-income women
  • Overcomers – Monday night meeting helping those looking to beat addictions

There’s much more we have going on as well…and as time goes by we’ll spend more time exploring the RI Dream Center…

In fact, we are having a huge fundraiser this weekend…please be sure to check out our event page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/538478832892214/) for more details, but here are some of the fun things we have going on this Saturday from noon to 6pm at 330 Park Ave. in Cranston:

  • Pig Roast
  • Bouncy House and Face Painting for the kids
  • Live Bands
  • Silent Auction
  • Dunk Tank
  • And much more…

Well, thanks for checking in today – be sure to check in soon for future posts to the Dream Center Diary!

We’d love to hear from you: