Uncle Zay's Neighborhood Task Force - 'Operation: Street Heat'

First and foremost, a HUGE thank you to everyone who has shown interest and/or support up to this point. None of what we do would be possible without you. I’m going to get straight to it: In my last blog post, I shared a list of some items that we are looking to stock up on. At this particular time, that list is our main focus. If you missed my blog post, here is the list:

  • Wool socks

  • Light rain jackets

  • Toiletries/feminine care products

  • Small backpacks/drawstring bags

  • Gift cards to coffee shops ($20 or less)

I am currently focusing on these things because I have watched closely to see what is already being provided. For those that don't know, the emergency shelter in my city has closed. Due to this closure, there has already been an initial influx of resources from the community. Based on what I have observed, our current list of items is the IMMEDIATE need.

Now, let's talk longer term. Aside from giving aid to our friends in the streets, there are people that may have a home, but still need our help. I can attest firsthand to the fact that even running a two-income household can become tough and financially stressful. There were countless times when we didn’t know how we were going to make it, but we had the support of the small community of people around us. That help meant something - something way deeper than I can actually explain.

Over the next six months, I want to raise $15,000. This money would give us the freedom to offer services like a "Fill Your Basket" program, where we could make grocery trips for our community members. We also want to help with major bills (rent, utilities, etc.) or any other special need that is brought to our attention. In addition, we are still looking to acquire a vehicle that we can turn into a mobile resource unit. I'm hoping that, with this first fundraising push, we can start taking steps forward in that realm. This mission is just getting started, so be on the lookout for our next update. Always remember: If you take care of the community, the community will take care of you.

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