Help the Homeless in San Rafael, CA

$1,500 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 37 people in 35 months
Almost 3 years ago our family of 4 moved from Chicago to idyllic Marin County, about 30 minutes north of San Francisco. In that time, we've learned a lot about the area, and seen a growing homeless population in our city of San Rafael. Addy, our 8-year-old philanthropist, has shown an increasing need to help & do something for the homeless, and that's why we are here today.

We're creating survival homeless kits for the people we encounter on the streets. The kits will include the following: toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, tissues, shampoo, deodorant, soap, razor, chapstick, lotion, small first aid kits, sunscreen, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, comb/brush, snacks, socks, hat, scarf & gloves. Addy & her 6-year-old brother, Rowan, compiled the list & are excited to get started.

Each kit will cost about $25-30 & we're hoping to make about 50 kits. If people can donate half of the kit cost around $10-15, we'll get there in no time. We'd like to pass out our kits on Saturday, August 13 before the next school year begins. It's not a lot of time, but hopefully we can reach our goal!

If you live in the area & want to help pass out the kits, the more the merrier! We're so thankful you've taken the time to read our message & hope you're able to help. Thank you!

Julie, Ryan, Addy (8) & Rowan (6) Mastalerz
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Hello everyone! Wanted to let you all know that the kids & I did in fact deliver 48 backpacks full of helpful goodies the other day to the Ritter Center in San Rafael. I have documented some of the fun & will put something together to post later, but wanted to give a final shout out to everyone for their amazing support. Addy & Rowan were overwhelmed with all the 'stuff' we were able to pull together & really proud when we delivered everything. Our contact, Shawn, was so appreciative with everything we were able to bring in & that we had already separated everything into individual backpacks. They're handing them out to people today, so our impact will be felt immediately.

Again a HUGE thank you to everyone for donating your time to help load bags (Cari & Siena), your extra toiletries (Alyx, Jules, Cari) & most of all, your support. Without your financial contributions we couldn't have done a fraction of this fundraiser.

Addy's already planning her next philanthropy: the Marin Humane Society. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything!

Julie, Addy & Rowan
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Hi Everyone - We wanted to give you our latest update! We've come really close to a pretty big goal & are excited to see it all come to fruition. We're ordering everything today & going through any/all of our small, travel toiletries to add to it as well. We're reaching out to some local dentists & hoping to find donations there too (cross your fingers!).

Based on some local feedback, we've decided to work with the Ritter Center in San Rafael: http://rittercenter.com/ if you want to read on what they do, or volunteer as well. Addy, Rowan & I will be taking all of our packs to the Ritter Center on Tuesday, August 16. The kids will get a tour of the Center & probably a better idea how all of our donations will have an impact on people's lives.

Stay tuned & we'll send a final update with pics of the goods you helped to provide to those in need. And finally, keep on sharing if you will!

xo,
Julie, Addy & Rowan
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Thank you to everyone who donated & shared our link. We're so excited to take the next step! While we didn't entirely reach our goal, we still made great progress towards it & will do a bit more research on products & prices. We hope to complete our purchases tomorrow & then assemble & begin handing them out.

Speaking of, I'm still researching how we are going about the handing out process. Some have mentioned a shelter they work with so we may go directly to them for a large chunk & save a few back to hand out if we see some folks on the street who look like they could use a hand.

Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity & support.

Xo,
Julie, Addy & Rowan
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Two-thirds of the way to our goal! Hoping we can make it all the way before Friday when we need to order everything. Thank you to everyone who has so graciously donated so far. Please share our link, and thank you again!!!

The Mastalerz Crew
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Pat Upchurch
34 months ago

Congratulations Julie, Addie, and Rowan for seeing the need and doing something about it. Thank you for helping. Every person can make a difference in others ' lives, and I'm sure you did so for those that received your contribution. I'm proud of you.

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$1,500 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 37 people in 35 months
Created July 22, 2016
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Jill M. Schauland
34 months ago

Thank you for the opportunity to help both the homeless in your area and your little budding philanthropist! :)

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Brittney Keesey
34 months ago

Thanks for doing this!

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Pat Upchurch
34 months ago

Congratulations Julie, Addie, and Rowan for seeing the need and doing something about it. Thank you for helping. Every person can make a difference in others ' lives, and I'm sure you did so for those that received your contribution. I'm proud of you.

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