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Re: [volunteerism-253] Cheers to You!!! Lots of Donations!!

From: Marian
Sent on: Monday, December 23, 2013 5:05 PM
You did good.


On Mon, Dec 23, 2013 at 4:18 PM, Debbie <[address removed]> wrote:


If you've been in Single Volunteers for a while, or maybe just a month, you may just take for granted how many good things we do.  Not just at Christmas but every month during the last 16 years!   But this week put our group over the top of 'good things'!!

As you know we asked for donations of toothpaste, toothbrushes, and socks in November.  We asked for stocking hats and cookies in December.  What we got was so much more than we expected:

1,200 cookies (65 containers)

200 pairs of socks

80 winter hats

12 winter scarves

21 pairs of gloves

60 toothbrushes

60 tubes of toothpaste

...and countless large bags of gently used t-shirts, sweaters, winter coats, sweat pants....

All of this filled (to the brim) two cars - front seat, back seat, trunks packed.  We filled up 2 car loads of supplies this morning and delivered all items to a Volunteers of America temporary transitional housing facility for 18-24 year olds.  One facility holding 56 young men.  A group of men who are often forgotten and who get very few special treats.

I was truly blessed this morning to deliver these items, as a Single Volunteer representative, along with our Volunteers of America social worker.  I met many of the young men, who shook my hand and thanked us for their 'goodie bags'.  The items we delivered will first go to the young men at the facility.  If there are leftovers, they will be distributed to the many homeless young men who Volunteers of America stay in touch with through their Outreach Program.  So nothing you donated will go to waste.  Nothing you donated will go to a central generic distribution center.  All items will be delivered, in person, to someone who is very much in need of some very basic items.

We partnered with two other groups for this project.  We can't thank St. Basil Adult Singles and the New In Town Meetup Group enough for helping us make this event so very very successful!  Rest assured we will create future projects and make more donations to this transitional facility.

I wish you all could have been there with me.  I wish you could have felt the blessings that I felt.  
Thank You!   You are all very special.Merry Christmas!!
Debbie K.

(save your travel size toiletries for a future project for another facility)


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