Saturday October 24 2020
This fund raiser was created when it was really hot, but there is now an urgency because cold
weather is upon us.
The purpose of this fund is to gather resources
for the homeless population in our
neighborhood to help them survive this
Our neighborhood has always had a high
population of houseless folks, and the pandemic has only made the situation more dire.
We believe in the resilience and heart of our
neighborhood and the funds donated to this
project will go to supplies needed for food boxes that will include masks and hand sanitizer. We
will also be launching an offshoot of our
successful sewing project Masks with a Purpose (a collaboration with the SouthWest Organizing Project) that will provide special durable bags
that can be used as sleeping bags. We can't do
this without you and appreciate any support you can offer. Your donations are tax deductible
Thank you for your generosity.
Now let me tell you a story.
I was so much in pain today and had taken
narcotics, but something kept telling me to go
to the center where We teach sewing, English
and other life skills.
When I got there with my granddaughters there was a man sleeping like a dead man on concrete with bare skin - no clothes ( from the waste up)
in front of our center in the scorching sun
(97 degrees Fahrenheit in Albuquerque
New Mexico USA today).
I did not want to call the ambulance without
assessing Him first, so I called Him and He
responded faintly. I asked whether He was sick
and if so could I call an ambulance. He said No.
I asked Him whether He needed water and food and He said Yes.
As I left to go get Him water He got up and
moved His belongings to another place and laid under the trees where there was a shade.
My grand daughter took a water bottle and
placed it by him.
I scrambled to find money to go buy Him food
alongside my grand Two of my four grand daughters sewing masks alongside 13 other young and adult women will sew sleeping bags.
Southwest Organizing Project mask project.
First and second granddaughters to manage the food distribution and sleeping bag creation
My third and fourth granddaughters to help withthe food, mask and sleeping bag sewing and
- Bridget Llanes
- Vicky Greb
- Moneka Stevens
- Aman Shaikh