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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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Mark your Calendars – we have A LOT going on in the next few months:

  • HFH Walkathon: Saturday, October 11th starting at the PT Church Parking Lot – 8:30 am
  • HFH Homelessness Event: Saturday,  November 8th @ PT Church – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Filling of the Backpacks: Tuesday, November 11th @  PT Church – 6:00 pm until….. 
  • Back Pack Hand-Outs: Saturday, November 15th @ State House Lawn – 7:00 am

They are all interrelated – I will have much more detail for you soon…hope this whets your appetite!!!!


Thanks so much for coming back to check in!

November is right around the corner…and you know what that means…colder weather, Thanksgiving, family-time, Christmas, winter…but we’re not there just yet…

November 16 kicks off National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (check out the National Coalition for the Homeless website for more info (http://www.nationalhomeless.org/projects/awareness/index.html)…and that means the Dream Center is preparing for our annual Hope for the Homeless event.

As in years past, we’re handing out 300 backpacks filled with winter necessities to the homeless to help them prepare for the upcoming winter.   Passing out backpacks has become one of my most favorite traditions, and I am so proud of the team for faithfully raising funds, filling backpacks, and handing them out year after year.

If you have a chance, take a look at this video from a couple of years ago:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_fWbJuPr5k   On that day we passed out backpacks then blessed the ladies with makeovers 🙂

It really brings things into perspective for me, working with folks who have no more than what they can carry in their backpack everyday…even for those that are sleeping in shelters, most need to load all their belongings up into the backpack when they are forced out in the morning and need to carry everything they own with them all day until they can find some rest back at the shelter later that night.

We relish the opportunity to bless them with a brand new backpack filled with things that you and I often take for granted.  This year, we expect to stuff the backpacks with the following:

  • Socks
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Blanket
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Razor
  • Shaving cream
  • Comb
  • Nail clipper
  • Bible
  • Kleenex
  • Toilet tissue
  • Umbrella
  • First aid kits
  • Lip balm
  • Cocoa packets
  • Instant soup
  • Hairbrush
  • Towel Powder/foot powder
  • Facecloth
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Oatmeal Packet
  • Pocket warmers
  • Cough drops

Yeah, it’s a lot…but this might be the only gift some of these individuals gets this year…and if we can help one person survive another cold RI Winter then we are going to do EVERYTHING in our power to do so.

So, if there is anything you can do to help, it would be greatly appreciated.

You might find a great deal on hand warmers and tooth brushes, or you might want to donate to the cause…whatever you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.  Every little bit helps – your gift might be that gift that helps someone.

Here’s how you can get involved…

  • buy supplies and drop them off at our office at 330 Park Ave. in Cranston
  • send us a check made payable to the RI Dream Center and drop it in the mail
  • donate electronically through the PayPal link on our website:  http://ridreamcenter.com/index.php/donors/

We have one more unique opportunity as well.  We are having a walk-a-thon to help raise awareness and will be selling sponsorships that will be displayed on the team’s RIDC t-shirts.  For a gift of $50, we will list your business name on the t-shirt announcing your sponsorship of this great event.

Every little bit helps…  We really appreciate any donations you can help us with.

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

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