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Flint Kids Christmas

$19,005 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 421 people in 9 months
Created November 19, 2017
Almost 60% of children in Flint, Michigan live in poverty. Many kids do not get to enjoy the holidays because their families simply can't afford to buy pay simple bills, let alone purchase presents and other items that are needed in the winter months. When people think about Flint they automatically think about the need for safe affordable water, alot of times they forget about the kids here. 



Hello World. My name is Mari Copeny, most people know me as Little Miss Flint. Im ten years old and live in Flint, Michigan. The past couple years I have become the face for Flint Kids dealing with the water crisis. 


For the past 20 months I have been working almost nonstop to not only bring awareness to the Flint Water Crisis but to make sure the people of my city had the resources they so desperately needed. This includes delivering water and supplies door to door and at water drives, speaking with politicians both locally and nationally, speaking all over the country about the water crisis, its effects on the children here, and being an advocate against bullying and cyber bullying. 


Last summer I began to work with a nonprofit group of college students called "Pack Your Back", they wanted to provide the kids in my community with school supplies and I wanted to be able to help them out so I started the #PackYourBackChallenge.  Last summer with my challenge I was able to get 100 backpacks stuffed with school supplies and we we're able to help hundreds of Flint kids with school supplies. This year my challenge exploded, I was able to get $10,000 in supplies and by partnering with Pack Your Back we gave 1,000 fully stuffed backpacks to Flint Kids. 

2016 Pack Your Back Distribution 

2017 Pack Your Back Distribution

Ebony News Article
ABC News Article
Huffington Post 





Once again I am partnering with Pack Your Back, only this time for an amazing Christmas event. Children will receieve a stocking stuffed with school supplies, toys, and a coat. We want to make it an amazing event so kids arent just coming in grabbing a gift and leaving but they actually a full Christmas party experience. 

I have so many wonderful ideas for this event BUT we really need your help. In order to be able to take care of 1,000 kids we need to raise at least $10,000.  Flint Kids have been through so much this year and I want to make sure they are given an amazing event. 

Thank You Everyone for your constant support and if you would like to know more about Pack Your Back and the work they do not only in Flint but across Michigan please visit their website here:
https://www.packyourback.org/ 

PROCEEDS FROM THIS FUNDRAISER WILL GO DIRECTLY TO PACK YOUR BACK FOR BULK ORDERING OF THE ITEMS WE NEED

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We are under $2,000 to hit our goal and need another 100 or so toys to make this event go off as we dreamed. Event is in 6 days. Our storage unit is slowly filling up as well.
Another shopping trip for more toys
Storage is almost full
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Thank you to everyone that has donated so far. We are 10 days away from the event and still need to raise almost $3,000 to make sure this event goes off how I have dreamed.
We have been shopping today (in the snow storm) and our storage until is filling up to the point we may need another one.

Shopping in a snowstorm
Our storage is filling up
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$19,005 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 421 people in 9 months
Created November 19, 2017
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