I’m looking for some ideas for our Project Drive for 2018. I’ve been thinking about this and talking to members since we started this years drive back in January. lol
Here are some of the ideas floating around…
Accessory Drive: Basically the same things we’ve been doing this year with the handmade and store bought small items.
Bag Drive: Taking canvas or heavy plastic bags (not flimsy plastic and paper bags you get from the store. We need to use much heavier materials with good strong handles). We could do men/women/baby hygiene filled bags and or school supplies.
Someone also suggested snacks & bottled water. You would need to check with you shelters to see if they accept this sort of thing. I know mine doesn’t, or you can hand bags filled with snacks and water to the homeless on the street.
**If I said this once I’ve said it a million times, never hand items out to the homeless by yourself, always take someone with you.**
I do have a site where you can order bags fairly cheap and they’re good quality and perfect for this drive. It’s called AliExpress.com the supplier is based in China, but I’ve been doing business with them for years for my businesses. I never had any problem. I also already bought canvas bags from them and they’re good quality and low priced (you can find the photos in the comments).
You can buy supplies to fill your bags from the Dollar Store. Me I buy online in bulk (by the case) then I pick them up in my local store. If you do it this way you get free shipping.
I’m looking for as many suggestions as I can get. What do you think would be a great drive for 2018.
Thanks for your help.
On a lighter note…My take on Mandala yarn, now that I have a ton of it and have had the chance to crochet with it. I like it. It’s easy to work with. It’s a 3-ply instead of a 4-ply which is ok, but not heavier. Here comes the “But”…. The colors do not blend, they end abruptly. I was hoping for blended instead. Now it’s perfectly fine if you don’t care about the color blending. The yarn is also nice and soft another thing I like about it.
On with the News….
Thursday is the first and I will be posting the Monthly Tally, and the Manager & Helper of the Month. If you want to include donations for the month of May, get them in before Thursday.
That’s about it for now. Thanks for tuning in and all of your help.
Just wanted to let everyone know that OK and Debbie Hendrix Ramirez are no longer with the Project.
I also wanted to tell everyone that the Project will not be taking on anymore states. We haven’t had the best of luck with this, so I decided to stick with what we have right now…NY, PA, ME & AZ and leave it at that. If you know of anyone who would like to be a helper and/or donated yarn, we will still be accepting helpers and donations. They can choose the state that they want to donate to from the list above.
I really wanted to add as many states as I could handle, but I’m finding that it’s just not working out like I planned, which is very discouraging. However we are doing fantastic with the states that we have and that’s what matters.
So if anyone involved with the project knows of anyone that would like to help please send them my way.
After thought: If you have Debbie on your friends list or in your group (Branch Managers) please remove. She doesn’t want to be a part of the Project in any way.
Debbie will be returning her unused yarn donations and shipping the donations she did make to me in NY. I will post them when I get them.
I take this project very seriously and when I see people in the Project giving me and other Branch Manager one excuse after another, why they can’t make things for the homeless it pisses off!! Why would they want to be in the project?
We are not playing games here, this is serious business!!!
The number of homeless rise everyday in this country, and those numbers don’t even include the people in need, the children/babies going without. It’s only going to get worse, so we need people who are committed to this cause, not people who just say they want to help and then don’t.
I’m not interested!! Talk is cheap!! I’m interested in action!
Sorry if this became a rant. I’m tired of the BS.
Tomorrow I will be posting April’s Monthly Tally. Also I will be posting on our Project Blog our first Branch Manger and Branch Helper Recognition. Stay Tuned.
It’s been a busy month for everyone and the Project is doing well. Can’t wait to see what May brings. Thank You Everyone…for your continued support/donations to the Project. I’d like to give a special thank you to Carin Zoll, for her help with the Manager/Helper Recognition Questions. You’ve been a big help to me.
I noticed that we have a lot less donations in April. It’s getting warmer out, summer is coming and I get it, not all of us want to be making donations at this time of the year. With outings and family things going on it’s not surprising. I’m sure things will pick back up in the fall.
Make whatever you want to make and that will be ok. We’ve already surpassed our totals for last year so things are good. Everyone have a good summer and be safe.
I’ll be around, so if you need anything just let me know? Do everything you normally would…Branch Managers tag me in donation photos and Helpers IM your donation photos to your branch managers. If you know of anyone that would like to be a Helper or Branch Manager send them my way.
After thought: Not to single anyone out, but I’m hoping that Mary & Debbie will catch up with their donations over the next few months. Your states will appreciate it and so will I.
Do you crochet, knit, sew, or make any type of clothing items by hand? Don’t mind spending a few dollars on new items to donate? Have any unused or unwanted yarn? Would you like to volunteer to help the homeless?? Ask us how you can join a great project (Project Homeless Collaborative) doing just that!! #azphc #nyphc #paphc #mephc #okphc
https://nyphc.wordpress.com/- for more information about what we do.
*Connie M. Rios (Project Coordinator/Owner)–https://www.facebook.com/ConnieRiosRelyea
*Julieann Jeffords (Northern NY)—https://www.facebook.com/julieann.jeffords
*Mary Hill (Southern NY)—https://www.facebook.com/crazycraftmama
*Tracy Truesell —https://www.facebook.com/tracy.truesell
*Terry Rickabaugh —https://www.facebook.com/terry.rickabaugh
Debbie Hendrix Remirez–https://www.facebook.com/debbie.h.ramirez
Just have a bit of news concerning the project and wanted to pass it on to everyone…
Today I was talking to a branch manager about recognizing our Helpers. You ladies don’t seem to be getting the recognition that you solely deserve, in my opinion, for all the hard work you do for the project. In a couple of days I will be adding a new page to our Blog. I will call it: Helper’s Recognition. Every month beginning in April I will be adding the name of the Helper who has donated the most to her state for the month. Every month I will add a name in recognition. I will post the blog link when the page is set up.
I do not want this to become a competition between our Helpers. You still go at your own pace and donate what you want. No pressure whatsoever.
It’s all about thanking you for what you do. You are the back bone of our project and you deserve to be recognized. Thank You!
The second piece of news is, I’ve decided that I will not be taking on 50 states for this project, like I had hoped to accomplish when I started the Project back in 2016.
I decided to limit the states I will be adding and take on 9 more states only, including what we already have now. If I can recruit people to take on the states.
The states are as follows:
If anyone in the project knows of anyone who may be interested in taking on the manager position for any of the above states, please have them IM me for info.
Thank You for taking the time to read our Project News and Thank You for all of your help, I couldn’t do it without each and every one of you
Also we’ve done really good as far as donations go, in January & February, but are donations for March are way down.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.