Backpacks for Hope - Detroit Homeless

Organized by: Angela Marturano

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December 09, 2016

Thanks again, everyone, for your generous support.  We did awesome - 72 bags (deluxe versions, at that!)  I am now closing the campaign.   See More

THE STORY:

In my circle of friends and family, the holiday season is a time of warmth, joy, celebration...for others it means zero degree temps, a constant search for food and shelter and loss of hope.  

Most of us in SE Michigan can probably relate to driving in or around the city in snow or reezing rain and being stopped at a light just in front of someone who literally has NOTHING.   The worst feeling in the world to me is being witness to this in my own community - and not having a way to provide immediate help.  I usually cringe and try not to make eye contact, or give a few dollars if I can.   This year, I want to do more.

The statistics on homelessness in Detroit are mind-boggling. Of the approximately 20,000 homeless people in Detroit, there are only enough shelter beds for about 1,900. Twenty-five percent of the homeless are children, 13% are veterans, about 60% are families with children and almost half are mentally ill.

Our goal is to put together 144 backpack kits to provide  basic essentials and some hope to our brothers and sisters who are spending another Detroit winter on the streets. The kits will come in a nylon drawstring backpack and will include:

  • Toothbrush 
  • Toothpaste 
  • Deodorant 
  • Shampoo 
  • Chapstick 
  • Shaving Cream 
  • Body Wash
  • Disposable Razors 
  • Washcloth 
  • Small Towel (Hand Towel) 
  • Toilet Paper 
  • Baby Wipes (Travel Pack) 
  • Tampons 
  • First Aid Kit 
  • Disposable Lighter 
  • LED Flashlight (w/ batteries) 
  • Emergency “Space” Blanket 
  • Emergency Rain Poncho 
  • Tea Light Candles 
  • Microwave-safe Plastic Container w/ Lid 
  • Plastic Spoon & Fork
  • Instant Soup 
  • Canned Chicken 
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Granola Bars
  • Mixed Nuts 
  • Dried Fruit and Raisins 
  • Instant Coffee
  • Tea Bags 
  • Water Bottle 
  • Wool Socks 
  • Wool Gloves 
  • Wool Hat 
  • Sewing Kit (Travel) 
  • Laminated Card with the Following: 
  • Legal Aid Number & Address
  • Homeless Shelter / Soup Kitchen Number & Address (Hours)
  • Food Bank / Pantry Number & Address (Hours)
  • Volunteers of America Number & Address
  • Local Free Clinic Number & Address (Hours)
  • Local Library (w/ Computers) (Hours)
  • Inspirational Message 

The total cost of each backpack/kit will be just under $40.  For you or I, $40 is a dinner or drinks tab, or a run to target or an impulse buy online.  For someone else, it could mean some warmth, something to eat, hope, and a possible way out. 

Please consider sponsoring 1, 2 or even more backpacks, however NO donation is too small.  If you cannot give financially, let us know if you may be interested in packing or distributing.  Let's BE the change together. Happy Holidays. 

With love and Gratitude, 

 

Angela & Matt M.

$3,107

 

54% Raised of$5,760 Goal

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  • Angela & Matt M.

    $500

  • Brad Dillon

    $100

  • Emily Kahanak

    $40

  • Bill and Barbara Russell

    $500

  • Nick and Coleen Marturano

    $50

  • Debbie Bacal

    $100

  • Scott Helm

    $10

  • Mat and Geri Marturano

    $50

  • Cassie S. and Marc M.

    $100

  • Sam and Annette Caruso

    $25

  • Dave and Nancy Walker

    $40

  • Liz Gallagher

    $50

  • Dawn and Dean Russell

    $200

  • Kyle Garner

    $100

  • Shayna Smith

    $15

  • Lisa Steele

    $50

  • Pamela Papas

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Zach Russell

    $150

  • Kate & Aaron Goldrick

    $100

  • Ari and Nicole Drainas

    $50

  • Deborah Richnak

    $25

  • Brigitte Gruener

    $50

  • Sue Testa

     

  • mary therese lemanek

     

  • Brandi Belicek

    $50

  • Pat Beaver

    $40

  • Casey & Steve

    $40

  • Anonymous

    $40

  • Dr. Turd Furguson

    $132

  • Nick Krasity

    $50

  • John Morley

    $100

  • Pavlo

    $50

  • Amber Pietsch

    $50

  • Jessika and Henry

    $50

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Donor Comments

Jessika and Henry

Jessika and Henry

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Amber Pietsch

Amber Pietsch

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Pavlo

Pavlo

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

John Morley

John Morley

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Nick Krasity

Nick Krasity

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Dr. Turd Furguson

Dr. Turd Furguson

DONATION: $132

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

Casey & Steve

Casey & Steve

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

Pat Beaver

Pat Beaver

DONATION: $40

All the best with your "Backpacks for Hope" campaign...it's a special holiday gift of caring for the homeless. 3 years ago

Brandi Belicek

Brandi Belicek

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

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