Bro. Al's SnackPax for Kids Detroit

$10,688 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 199 people in 46 months
My name is Brother Al Mascia. I am a Franciscan friar and have been serving the poor in Metro Detroit for 8 years in a variety of ways. Just google my name and you will get more information and videos about that.  You can go to my website too: www.BrotherAl.org . Find out more about my other work at www.SongandSpirit.org.

Thanks to the generosity of good-hearted benefactors I've been able to keep things going all these years.  Opportunities and stuff just arrive in the nick of time! Prayers have definitely been answered! Recently, however, I've been praying for someway to keep our SnackPax  children's meal program up and running for the remainder of the year.

We give out hand decorated lunch bags filled with breakfast bars, juice and fruit cups to Metro Detroit kids who are nutritionally challenged. Some contents are donated, some we have to buy. We also operate a food pantry at a local charter school which 144 four-year-olds attend, all living below the poverty level.  I've been told by the person who "pays the bills" we will have to cut back. Frankly, I don't want to...and for a very good reason: Schools close during the summer months and schools are where most poor chiildren get their main meals. That means that rather than cutting back this time of year we actually have to increase our production of SnackPax!

Like I said, prayers have been answered along this line all my life in ministry. Maybe discovering this GoFundMe site is just an answered prayer in a high-tech way ;-)  

If you can help with this challenge, God bless you!

Peace and all Good!

Brother Al, ofm
Song and Spirit Institute for Peace
a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
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Hello Dear Friends!

Greetings from the SnackPax GoFundMe site!
Three years ago I reached out to the wider community asking for help to keep our outreach to the needy kids of metro Detroit up and running. Our hope was to sustain it through donations until such time as coordinated volunteer efforts could take over. Well, happily, we have reached that point! In the meanwhile our Care'avan broke down and needed to be replaced. Some of you were there for us as well and made that happen!
So now the time has come to call an end to this particular campaign with very grateful hearts! On behalf of all the many we serve on a regular basis, Thank You All So Very Much! Happy Easter! Happy Passover! Happy Life!
Peace and all good!
Bro. Al, ofm
G-d Bless You All!
The new Care'avan, awaiting graphics !
Volunteers help to keep things running!
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Dear friends,

It has been awhile since my last update and that's because there has been a lot going on! Song and Spirit's headquarters as well as my living quarters have both moved out of our old location! Anyone who has ever moved understands, I'm sure ;-) I am happy to say, however, that none of these changes affected our ability to keep our outreach to those in need up and running! Thanks to the support of our benefactors, like you! our amazing outreach czar Gregory Allen! and lastly, our Care'avan. As you know the Care'avan has been falling apart and everyone knew it would not be able to handle another Michigan winter. Thankfully we have found a replacement (see the attached photo) It had a former life at Catholic Central High School, is in excellent mechanical shape and is within our price point! (under $10,000) The vehicle is waiting for us at Varsity in Novi while I raise the $8,500 purchase price. That's about $5,000 less than such a van usually sells for. Thank you Jere Law, General Manager! Anyway, a generous supporter of Song and Spirit has already pledged $5,000 towards the purchase of the van. My job is to raise the remaining $3,500. So, this is my hope: to raise the remaining $3,500, purchase the "new" van and then retire this GoFundMe initiative. While we haven't met the goal of $25,000, nonetheless, it has "saved the day" many times over and bought us the time we needed to ensure that our SnackPax project to kids in need will continue to go on! So, if you can help with this last appeal, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Wishing all of our Jewish friends a blessed High Holidays! Peace and all good! Bro. Al, ofm
Our new Care'avan (hopefully!)
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Hello Friends!
The last time I sent out an update it was about the failing condition of our outreach Care'Avan. Well we're still praying for a replacement but there is still so much to be grateful for...like the beautiful friends who stop by to make hundreds of SnackPax for the kids we serve. Check out the picture taken this past Monday!
Secular Franciscans Step Up to the Plate
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So, this is how things work around here: something breaks...people help...it gets fixed! Last week the Care'avan was out of commission, this week it's delivering SnackPax and lots of other food all over Metro Detroit! Realistically the vehicle's days are numbered but your enthusiastic and generous response to last week's muffler crisis has inspired me to set some things in motion so that we can get a replacement! That's our hope. Keep posted good friends and THANKS SO MUCH!
Bro. Al, ofm
Care'avan granted a reprieve! Watch vid!
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Paul Bucklaw
44 months ago

Crank it up!

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Jason D. Killips
19 months ago

Brother Al, you're doing great work, and my family is proud to support you. Keep it up!

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$10,688 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 199 people in 46 months
Created May 12, 2015
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$50
Anonymous
17 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$25
Anonymous
17 months ago
DL
$50
Doreen Lawton
18 months ago

Keep up the good work; know you will.

RF
$36
Rosalind Folman
18 months ago

Hope you get your new van soon. There are lots of kids depending on you. Thank G-d for people like you.

$72
Shá Buikema
18 months ago

As ever, I give with joy and gratitude for this worthy work only wishing I could give more.

LM
$100
Linda Mathews
18 months ago

Hi, Bro Al. Praying you rescue your new van before the snow flies.

Paul Bucklaw
44 months ago

Crank it up!

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Jason D. Killips
19 months ago

Brother Al, you're doing great work, and my family is proud to support you. Keep it up!

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