New beds for the homeless shelter

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Raised by 24 people in 19 months
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The Tyler Blain House is a homeless shelter in Lancaster, NH. It provides housing and assistance (including transportation, food, and connection to medical and mental health services) for up to 8 people at a time.

One of their rooms holds 1 queen and 2 twin beds, so a whole family can stay in the house together. The current furniture is no longer usable, and needs to be replaced.  Enter, all of us!

It'll cost about $2000 to get 3 new bed frames and new mattresses.  Folks who stay here are likely to be stressed and in need of comfort, so we're talking charming farmhouse-esque wooden bed frames (not generic metal stands), and a bunch of bright and cheery sheet sets and comforters to go with them. Tyler Blain refers to themselves "A home between homes", and I think comfy beds and charming sheets are a necessity, not a luxury.

If we raise more than we need, the extra will all go to Tyler Blain's assistance programs.

My partner Aaron and I will go pick up the furniture, deliver it to the house, and do all the assembly and setup. Let's be clear:  Aaron and I will make up any fundraising shortfall, so we're outfitting this room no matter what.

Tyler Blain is a small operation, and in the face of all the terrible things happening in our country right now, this is a tiny fundraising project. You know what, though? I like small projects. David James Duncan once opined, in a sermon about the paralysis that comes with tackling huge problems, that "Small things, lovingly done, are always within our reach."
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Be sure to keep an eye out for your own local shelters. If you follow them on social media, they'll often post wish lists of things they need that you can pick up on your next grocery trip or ship directly to them via the magic of the internet.

Subscribe-and-save them regular shipments of paper towels and dish soap! Provide a year's supply of tampons and pads! New pillows for everyone! GO WILD!
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Friends! We got so much stuff! Here's a full list of what we delivered to the lovely folks at Tyler Blain House this morning:

1 area rug 4'x6'
1 queen bed frame
1 queen mattress pad
1 queen duvet/comforter
2 queen duvet covers
2 queen sheet sets
4 twin sheet sets
1 fleece blanket/throw
6 bath towels
6 hand towels
6 washclothes
1 large bathmat
2 small bathmats
7 shower curtains
2 toilet brushes
2 curtain sets
1 stock pot
2 sauce pans
1 frying pan
3 silverware sets
5 dish drainers
5 sponge sets
4 pot holders
1 set measuring cups
1 set measuring spoons
1 spatula
1 kitchen tool set (spatula, slotted spoons, tongs, etc)
2 cutting boards
8 kitchen towel sets
8 gender-neutral toys
1 vacuum
1 coffeepot

The fine people at Casper donated 1 new Queen and 2 new Twin mattresses, and the fine people known as My Parents let us borrow their largest car so we'd have plenty of cargo space for shopping (thanks mom & dad!).

You may be wondering about some of those items – 5 dish drainers? 7 shower curtains?? When residents are ready to move into their own places, the staff sends them off with a "starter kit" for a new apartment, including things like cleaning supplies and dishes. Anything that doesn't get used at TBH itself will end up going with someone to a new home.

You are all fine and upstanding citizens and I'm so glad we were able to provide this help to the Tyler Blain House.
A car full of homegoods. I do mean FULL.
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Yooooooo, exciting news! I just got an email from Casper (of the mattress-in-a-box fame) and they are going to donate brand new mattresses to Tyler Blain!
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Here's an interesting thing about small community service places like Tyler Blain: all the big online mattress companies that advertise "we love giving beds to shelters!" are partnered with big city homeless programs, and aren't set up to donate to tiny rural places. (I don't mean this as a dig on those companies; they're doing great work! But it's a sneaky case of how small orgs can fall through the cracks.)

ANYWAY, so, no mattress donations, which is fine. We're going to schedule a couple days in the next few weeks to do furniture pickup & delivery. It's still winter up here (22" of snow last week!) so we'll also plan a few snow days so we don't have to deal with weather.

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$1,095 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 24 people in 19 months
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Created February 8, 2017
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Kirstan Knowlton
18 months ago

Thank you for all that you do.

Brent Grassman
19 months ago

Thanks for doing what you do.

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