Backpacks For The Homeless

$1,135 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 6 months
DeAngelo Gerald  CHICAGO, IL
My Name is DeAngelo Gerald, I am currently a Masters Level Social Work Intern and Assistant Football Coach at Metea Valley High School, and I am currently working on my masters in social work. I am looking to raise money to buy backpacks for the homeless! Last year we were able to get approximately 60 backpacks filled with items such as food, water, gloves, hats, etc., on top of that we also received a good amount of donated coats and jackets. This year the goal is to double it!! With that being said I am asking for your help in order to reach this goal. Once again the I will plan to personally handout these backpacks the day after Christmas to the homeless and less fortunate in the Chicagoland area. So if you have any backpacks, coats, old blankets, etc that you are not planning to use anymore please consider holding on to them and donating then once I begin to collect backpacks! Thank you for those who donated last year, and for those of you who did not get the chance, its better late than never :) #HelpTheHomeless #BackpacksForTheHomeless #YearTwo

P.S. The funds raised on GoFundMe will be withdrawn on December 16, 2016 in order to give me enough time for me to go out and purchase the items. I will try  my hardest to get you a picture of the items purchased with your donations as well as a photo of the receipt so that you may know how much you have helped out! Thank you so much for help in making this project possible.
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Update 6
Posted by DeAngelo Gerald
3 months ago
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190 backpacks!!!!!!
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Update 5
Posted by DeAngelo Gerald
3 months ago
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Thank you for all who have donated to the cause, because of you we were able to buy supplies, clothes, and food for over 180 backpacks!! At 7:00pm today the Go Fund me page will be taken down due to all the funds having already gone to completing the backpacks. Thank you again for your support, and if you are interested in helping with the distribution of the Backpacks head on over to www.facebook.com/Backpacks2016 and rsvp for our Distribution Day Event!!
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Update 4
Posted by DeAngelo Gerald
3 months ago
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WE HAVE REACHED OUR FINANCIAL GOAL!!!!!! Hats, Gloves, and 2 pairs of socks for each backpack has been purchased. All of the remaining funds will be used to buy the food, snacks, and water for the backpacks that are currently empty (112 backpacks currently need to be filled). Thank you all who have donated this far, this project would not be possible without your generosity!!!
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Update 3
Posted by DeAngelo Gerald
5 months ago
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Update: After doing some research I have decided that a portion of the go fund me donations will be used to purchase 17inch backpacks from the store Five Below. Roughly 50 backpacks will be purchased at $5 a piece (before taxes). The remainder of the funds will be used to to purchase the items that will go inside of the bags. I have included a link in this post for those of you who would like to check out the backpacks that will be purchased.

https://www.fivebelow.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=Backpacks
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$1,135 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 19 people in 6 months
Created September 20, 2016
DeAngelo Gerald  
LK
$50
Laura Karston
3 months ago

Pleasure to help out

$40
Janine Daniel
3 months ago

Hey DeAngelo, I applaud your awesome efforts to help our homeless. We are in the fight with you with our organization, #hashtaglunchbag Chicago. We'll be at the Promontory in Hyde Park on 12/16,making lunches and collecting toys for the homeless adults and children, if you'd like to join us. We'd love to have you. I wish you the best of luck and thank you!

RB
$20
Ryan Barnes
3 months ago
$25
Anonymous
3 months ago
JB
$50
Jason Bullman
3 months ago
MA
$50
M A
3 months ago
$40
Daniel Venus
4 months ago

Best of luck sir! I don't think I'll be able to help distribute, but I wish you the best of luck.

SQ
$100
Sue and John Quinn
4 months ago
KS
$30
Kristin Schrems
4 months ago

Hopefully this will cover the cost of a well stocked backpack! :)

SH
$30
Sonja Hardy
4 months ago

Keep up the good work!!!

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