Backpacks / Rio Grande border kids

$500 of $500 goal

Raised by 20 people in 28 months
Andrea Filkins  PHARR, TX
Help finance 150 backpacks for the kids detained at the border.

Backpacks are listed as an immediate need on the South Texas Refugee Response and the Catholic Charities page.  Both groups assist the Unaccompanied minors at the South Texas border.  The backpacks are filled with necessities and are distributed to the children. I'm not associated with either group, but I'd like to help.  I can send one, so can you, but together we can send so many more. 

If we reach the $700 target then the funds will be used to place a bulk order for 150 backpacks to be delivered to the Food Bank RGV in Pharr, Texas (they handle all the donations for the Relief efforts).  If the target is not reached, then all donations collected will go to the groups so they can fund the needs of the children, but we won't be able to place the backpack order. 

Lets work together and see if we can get this done, $5 buys one backpack. Can you sponsor a backpack or two?
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Update 5
Posted by Andrea Filkins
28 months ago
I forgot to mention: I will issue a check for the difference between what we received and the backpack order - $8.83 to be exact - to the Food bank. Every single penny you gave will go to the cause.
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Update 4
Posted by Andrea Filkins
28 months ago
Folks - we did it! After GoFundMe fees and their payment provider fees were deducted, we received $454.53 of the $500 we raised. Today I placed an order for 130 backpacks.

That is a lot of backpacks. Pat yourself on the back, cause you rock! Thanks everyone who chipped in and shared! They'll arrive at the Food Bank RGV in Texas within 7 days.
We did it! Order has been placed!
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Update 3
Posted by Andrea Filkins
28 months ago
Update: I spoke with SouthTexasRefugees.org today and told them that we're ready to order backpacks. We didn't quite reach the goal, but we'll be able to order 100 backpacks!

The reason I'm going to close the fundraiser soon is because I've exhausted my contacts and I don't want to let the money sit around when it could be put to good use. Feel free to push the link out to your friends one more time. $3.62 buys a backpack (found a cheaper vendor).

SouthTexasRefugees.org said they are very grateful to all of you for taking initiative to help those in need. Couldn't agree more. Thank You! I'll post another update when the order is placed.
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Update 2
Posted by Andrea Filkins
28 months ago
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$500 of $500 goal

Raised by 20 people in 28 months
Created July 22, 2014
GP
$10
George R. Price
28 months ago
JE
$20
John Ellis
28 months ago
ML
$25
Martina Leinz
28 months ago
TT
$10
The Trouts
28 months ago

Thank you!

$50
Anne Shipps
28 months ago
GH
$25
Gary Hickernell
28 months ago
$10
Eddie Weingart
28 months ago

What an incredible project! I really wish I could give more but I'm dealing with a lot of financial strain. I'll be sure to pump this out on social media. You rock Andrea!!!

HL
$25
Honora Laszlo
28 months ago
$50
Catherine Koebel Stromberg
28 months ago
JM
$10
Janine Murphy-Neilson
28 months ago
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