Handmade Items for People in Need

$2,705 of $2,300 goal

Raised by 34 people in 34 months


I created Handmade To The Streets (HTTS) to provide people experiencing homelessness a little bit of warmth, hope and love. When we deliver our handmade blankets, we get nothing but joy and gratitude from each person but there's so many more people that need our help! That's why we are here! So we can help many more people who are living on the cold streets every night! There was a point in my life where I could have easily been living on the streets, I lived in my car for a short while so I have experienced what it's like to not have options, be cold and to think that I've hit complete rock bottom with no looking up. So, I made sure to create something that's warm, compact and can move with them wherever they may go and they're HANDMADE! Even better, right?! ☺️

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Our blankets are fashioned with a strap and carrying handle. The strap goes around the blanket once rolled to keep compact and in order and the carrying handle makes it easy for them to put around their shoulder or hold it as they move from place to place. It can also act as a pillow! Unlike traditional basic blankets, the ones I create are always fun I've NEVER created the same exact blanket so each one is unique to the person receiving it! 

The summer will consist of us making as many blankets as we can for the cold winter months ahead. Funding from this will give me enough to get a big table for my craft room. It currently takes me a few hours  to make each blanket, because my small table makes it difficult to easily sew without constant repositioning. My blankets are handmade and I am the only person creating them,  I am wanting to work with local churches and shelters to supply them with blankets for those who stay overnight. Many shelter families and children. We also plan to give a lot of street kits over the summer as well. Just because the heat is out doesn't mean there is any less need! Our blankets can be used as a pillow, for warmth, comfort and safety and even as a padding. 

Street Kits

I make two types of street kits, Starter and Deluxe kits. 

These kits are filled with essential items that we use on a daily basis that are given to those in need. From toothbrushes to razors, deodorant to feminine items and everything in between.

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Thank you so much for the support and helping me help those in need! All donations from this page will be used toward getting us a bigger working table. I've found that the small table that I use makes it very difficult to be able to produce blankets in a short amount of time. With a larger table, I should be able to cut the amount of time down so it's less time creating ONE blanket and more time creating others. <3

Ashleyann

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WE DID IT! Our goal has been made! Wow, thank you all so so much! You are helping me so I can help more people in need! I will be starting to search for a good sewing machine and a serger very soon! Please remember that your donations and future donations are tax deductible! Thank you again. Please continue to follow our Facebook and share our page and visit our website to stay updated.
Ashleyann
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Hi All! I wanted to give you an update!A couple weeks ago we got my new big table for my sewing machine! This was the first goal. :) I wanted to show you all a side of my creative space! ( still in progress) This is making it so much easier to make blanket! So thank you!

Last weekend, we delivered a home cooked meal (lasagna!) to 50 people who live/sleep on the streets. We also gave out a blanket to expecting parents for their new baby! Each person also got a street kit filled with essential daily items. I prepared myself for 10 woman kits and I was blown away at how many women I helped. Next time, I will be sure to include more. It's heartbreaking but we felt great that we could serve a hot meal to everyone and hopefully make their night a littler more uplifting.

If you post a comment, I can't reply so please connect with me by going to our website at handmadetothestreets.com or by email: handmadetothestreets@outlook.com

Thank you for the continued support, please share and continue to follow the journey!

Thank you,
Ashleyann
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Hi Everyone! It's been a little bit since my last update and I wanted to fill you in on what I've been doing lately! I am going to be searching in some stores for a table, I've seen some online but haven't been able to find one big enough that I can use yet. This is going to help me so I can make blankets a bit easier than on my current tiny table. The current extended goal is for a new sewing/embroidery machine and also a serger so I can produce more blankets in LESS time! Which means more people helped! :D My current machine has been acting up and with the ideas for more items I want to release, I definitely need a new machine..

I have just been working to compile a small amount of blankets lately, so I can give some out to a couple of local organizations. There's some organizations that I really care for, that do so much for the community and help people living on the streets to help them get off of the streets. There are many organizations in need of blankets and essential items. On top of the blankets given, I also give what I call Street Kits. I go out and purchase items and put them in a waterproof ziploc bag and also drawstring backpacks. Items such as toilet paper, hygiene products, feminine products, etc. I'm actually super excited to be putting together a shipment to California! My goal is to help the world, so expanding my reach is something I am very thrilled about!!

Thank you so much! Your contributions, love, and support is helping me continue to do what I love to do and that's to help people who really do need it. We are so close to our goal, just need some help in sharing the page and spreading the word! When I get my new machine, I will be able to make more blankets at a faster rate and also hope to expand to other items! :D

Thank you again!
Ashleyann B
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Wow! In less than 2 days , I reached my goal in thanks to all of you! I am overjoyed with the amount of support you've all given me and your generous donations! It's all going to help me help those in need!

GFM asked if I wanted to increase my goal and there are other things I need in order to produce more blankets more easily and with less time. So I decided to increase to be able to afford some of these things.

My sewing machine sounds like it's going to die on me any day and can't handle the amount of pieces I put in it. I use quality fleece and so it's pretty thick and my machine sounds as if it's working too hard to see through it. So I'm increasing my goal to $2,000 to afford a new sewing machine that also acts as an embroidery machine! My plan is to eventually be able embroider the name of the donor when someone donates enough for the blanket as a thank you!

Thank you everyone for the support, I appreciate it more than you know. I'm so excited for the future of Handmade To The Streets and all the people that I'm going to help along the way! You're all apart of that. Thank you, thank you!

With love,
Ashleyann
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Patty Tesler
34 months ago
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You ate amazing! A true gem! I work on MLK and it breaks my heart to see those less fortunate struggling to stay warm! You my dear, are what gives me hope in humanity.

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Pauline Burak
33 months ago

I'm a quilter with a constant pile of fabric, mostly cottons. Can I make quilts and send them to you? Preferable sizes? You're doing a great thing.

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Created April 7, 2015
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33 months ago
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Dallas Naish
33 months ago

Found out about what you and your husband do through Koin 6, keep up the good work!

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Anonymous
33 months ago
JM
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Janet McQuiston
33 months ago

Thank you for the world derful work you'really doing!

LM
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Lemmy Mattson
33 months ago

'tallica rules!!!

MG
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MICHELE GILBERT
34 months ago
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Just saw Ashleyann on the local news sharing her story of helping the homeless. Fantastic! Contact me if you need help with this project. I just retired and can sew and would love to help

LM
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Lauren McElvaney
34 months ago
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Such a great project! Well done guys hope it keeps on getting bigger and bigger to really help those who need it! Fingers crossed it spreads internationally too!

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Lilly Baker
34 months ago

Way to go! What a great idea. ♥

Patty Tesler
34 months ago
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You ate amazing! A true gem! I work on MLK and it breaks my heart to see those less fortunate struggling to stay warm! You my dear, are what gives me hope in humanity.

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Pauline Burak
33 months ago

I'm a quilter with a constant pile of fabric, mostly cottons. Can I make quilts and send them to you? Preferable sizes? You're doing a great thing.

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