Holiday Bags For The Homeless

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Jackelyn Gonzalez  LOS ANGELES, CA
My name is Jackelyn Gonzalez. I started a tradition with my boyfriend 3 years ago during the holidays. We weren't wealthy and we still aren't, but we consider ourselves to be in a good place. We have a place to live, we are employed and we are surrounded with people who love and support us. Because of what we have, we want to give back to those that are in need.

Since we started the holiday tradition we have increased the number of bags we put together every year. The amount we personally donate is based on the amount of money we gross. Last year we ended up creating a total of 100 bags with the cost per bag being around $10. We personally go to Skid Row to hand these out. For those unfamiliar with Skid Row it is a 50 block area (less than half a square mile) with currently 8,000-11,000 homeless (according to the LA Chamber Website). 

This year we would like to increase the number of bags by at least 7 times. Our hope is to raise enough money to include more items and also have a food truck with pots of soup and cornbread. We would try and get a city permit to close a portion of Skid Row and have the homeless help us clean some of the streets in exchange for a meal and bag. Because of the amount of homelessness in this area, the streets are full of trash.

The picture above is a photo of one of the many bags my family and I created last year. It contained food, hygiene products, liquids, mittens, beanie, socks, towel, doggy treat (for those with pets or that see a stray and want to give back to them) and more.

My goal is to complete this project by December 20, 2016 to ensure that the homeless get an early Santa gift. It would mean the world to me if you would donate at least the minimum amount that this site allows you to. If you don't want to, please at least make one homebag yourself and give it a homeless you see.

I've already raised $3,000 outside of GoFundMe. Thank you in advance for all of your donations. If you're able to, please provide your e-mail address so that I may send you photos of this year's Holiday Bags For The Homeless.
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Update 2
Posted by Jackelyn Gonzalez
23 months ago
Click Below For Link To SmileBox with Photos!!!!

Hi All,
We thought this would be the perfect time to update everyone since Love Day just passed. Thanks again for all the support that was received. All donations and shares to social media helped raise money for 504 bags this holiday season. The goal was to reach $8,000 between donations initially raised outside of GoFundMe which was $3,000 and the $5,000 goal on GoFundMe. On GoFundMe we raised $2,697.35 (after GoFundMe Fees). In total $5,697.35 was raised.
There were a few hiccups with items being cancelled/not available online which delayed the process. We had help from family with hitting all the 99 cent stores and dollar trees in the area. Even then it was still hard to find items in stock. We made 504 bags and bought 504 tamales to pass out instead of soup due to the budget. We ended up renting a van from UHaul and a 20ft to pass out the bags. See photos below. Everyone who received a bag was truly appreciative. They especially loved the Tamales, Water, Socks and Beanies. We also were able to purchase dog food for all our animal friends….they were quite happy and hungry too.
Hope to receive your support this year. Enjoy the photos.

Each Bag Included:
• 1 Ross Usable Bag
• 1 Beanie
• 1 Pair of Socks
• 1 Pair of Mittens
• 1 Lotion
• 1 Toothbrush
• 1 Lip Balm
• 1 Pack of Antibacterial Wipes
• 1 Pack of Tissues
• 1 Wash Cloth
• 1 Bottle of Hand Sanitizer
• 1 Bar of Soap
• 1 Welch’s Fruit Snack Pack
• 1 Bag of Chips
• 1 Cup of Applesauce
• 1 Smucker’s PB & J Sandwich
• 1 Chex Mix Bag
• 1 Pop Tart
• 1 Bag of Goldfish
• 1 CapriSun
• 1 Bag of Nuts
• 1 Cup of Noodle
• 1 Bottle of Water
• 1 Box of HiC Juice
• 1 Cereal Box
• 1 Granola Bar
• 1 Tamale was Handed Out
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Update 1
Posted by Jackelyn Gonzalez
26 months ago
Hi All! Thank you for your support so far. We're almost at the half way mark. Hope you are all having a nice holiday weekend.
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Raised by 44 people in 26 months
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You are an angel!!

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25 months ago

you are awesome!!

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