Saturday, November 21, 2015

Help the Homeless Initiative Christmas Joy Bags!!!!

I've gotten lots of stuff off the Help the Homeless Initiative, Inc. wish list for the Christmas Joy bags from some amazing, caring people! I still need lots more if I am going to reach my goal of 100 this year! Last year my family and I put together around 50 bags without donations. This year the hope is to double that number if we get enough donations! Check out the link to the wish list here!

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/37AJT2R0SYAR3/ref=cm_wl_list_o_2?

The items ship straight to me, so no worries about how to get them to me!

Please share this post with all your friends and help Help the Homeless Initiative, Inc. put smiles on the faces of 100 homeless folks this Christmas!!!!


Best Wishes,
Sara Breidenstein
Executive Director and Founder
Help the Homeless Initiative, Inc.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Help the Homeless Initiative, Inc. Christmas Joy Bags

I was just looking at the Amazon Wish List for the Christmas Joy Bags!

So far, Help the Homeless Initiative, Inc. has enough...

Winter hats for 12 bags...
Scarves for 12 bags
Socks for 12 bags
Tissues for 64 bags
Toothbrushes and toothpaste for 15 bags
Baby wipes for 2 bags
Hand Sanitizer for 48 bags
Chapstick for 24 bags


Wahoo! That is so exciting!! The goal is 100 bags total each with a winter hat, scarf, socks, tissues, toothbrushes, tooth paste, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, chapstick, a water bottle, q-tips, hand warmers, gloves, and a variety of yummy snacks and granola bars!

Check out the wish list when you get a chance and please share it with your friends!

The wish list is set to ship directly to me so you don't have to worry about getting the items to me!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/37AJT2R0SYAR3/ref=cm_wl_sortbar_o_page_2?reveal=all&view=null

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Help the Homeless Initiaitve Christmas Joy Bags!!

This is the 2nd year my family and I will be handing out bags to the homeless in Baltimore, on or around Christmas. Last year, we were able to buy enough stuff to hand out around 50 bags. This year, we plan to spend the same amount of money that we spent last year on items to put in the bags . We are hoping that with donations, we can double the number of bags to 100 this year!

I have made an Amazon wish list of items we need. The items bought from the wish list will ship directly to me. If you would rather donate money instead, and have me purchase the items, we can arrange that as well, just send me an email at sarabeth111@gmail.com with the subject of “Help the Homeless Initiative.”

Here is the link to the amazon wish list for this year’s bags…

https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/ref=cm_wl_edit_bck?ie=UTF8&id=37AJT2R0SYAR3&type=wishlist

Help the Homeless Initiative, Inc. is in the process of becoming a non-profit organization. As of this year, donations are not yet tax deductible. Sometime next year, I should have my federal non-profit status.
Here are some pictures of last year's efforts!




 
Last year, multiple people were asking for the reusable shopping bags that we carried the bags in, so this year I hope to give each person their items in a reusable shopping bag instead of just a Ziploc bag.
 
It is certainly the little things that we take for granted that can be so meaningful for someone less fortunate... like a $1 reusable shopping bag.

Thank you in advance for any donation you can make and please share this with your friends and family!
 

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cruel and Unusual – It’s Time to End an American Tragedy

This article (link found below) makes me so incredibly mad and sad. My heart hurts for the folks with severe mental illness who are thrown in jails and hospitals for crimes they committed while sick and then never provided the treatment they need to get better. Thank you to NAMI for this expose on jails and prisons. Maybe state hospitals will be up next! We need to stop ignoring these terrible conditions and treatments. We would never treat someone with a physical illness in this way and it is not acceptable to treat someone with a psychiatric illness this way either. People with a mental illness are still people with feelings and deserve proper treatment for their ailments... Physical and psychological.

Cruel and Unusual – It’s Time to End an American Tragedy

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Please HELP! Sign the petition to restore funding to mental health!!!

$23 million has been cut from the mental health budget since January! Please help by signing this petition to ask Governor Hogan to restore some of the funding that has been cut. Please join "Keep the Door Open MD" by signing this petition before we lose much needed mental health programs! Thank you dearly, from the bottom of my heart!


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Help the Homeless Initiatve

Over the 2014 holiday season, my parents and I made 47 bags full of necessary items and snacks for the homeless. We went downtown to the homeless parks to hand these bags out on 2 occasions. The weekend before Christmas and on Christmas day. The experience was incredible! The people we helped were so grateful and were so concerned about their friends, they made sure everyone in the park had a bag! I left there feeling great about what we had done but wishing I could do more.

Here are a few pictures from when we handed out these bags...






The homeless need these things all year long. The homeless population need way more than what we were able to provide. My goal is to open a non-profit organization called "Help the Homeless Initiative" to provide self preservation items for the homeless population year round. Of course, I can't so this without help and support of the community. I am in the process of working through the logistics of forming a non-profit organization but that takes time and money. For now, I have started a dreamfund page to raise money to make this dream a reality!


Any donation no matter how small will help me to help the homeless population! 

Thank you on behalf of myself for believing in me and for helping make my dream a reality! 

Thank you on behalf of all of the people I will be able to help as a result of your support!

If you'd rather donate some items to me. I have made a list of some items that would be helpful... (my list is still a work in progress) Please e-mail me sarabeth111@gmail.com for information on where to bring or send the items

-Feminine hygiene products
-Tooth brushes
-Tooth paste
-Toilet paper

-Chapstick
-Sunscreen
-Tissues
-Lotion
-Blankets
-Socks
-Gloves
-Hats
-Scaraves
-Undergarments
-Soap
-Reusable grocery bags
-Non perishable snacks
-Gift cards for Safeway (prefer more in a smaller amount than one large one so they can be distributed to many)
-Gift cards to Dunkin Donuts (prefer more in a smaller amount than one large one so they can be distributed to many)


(Disclosure: I am not a non-profit organization so any donations will not be tax deductable at this time. I am in the process of completing the non-profit paperwork. These donations will help me form my non profit organization)