Family Homelessness

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Spokane Valley Kiddos In Need – Not Just for Christmas

These are all kiddos in our schools that have some really basic needs – not just for Christmas. So even if you can’t get these items to me before Christmas, it would all help! Remember to pass the word on - as a lot of people might be getting rid of items as they get new items this Christmas: plates, clothes, microwaves, linens…..etc…

Just contact me, MJ @ or 443-9935 if you have any items for the following students:

Anything you can do would be great!

1. The “L” Family is a family of 6 w/ 4 kiddos in Central Valley School District.
Family in huge transition, even though both parents are working, they really don’t have the means for Christmas as they are taking everything they have to get into a permanent place ASAP. Both mom and dad are working, and have to work on Christmas Eve. 
We’re trying to take some food over Thursday for them to make up some hot turkey sandwiches for Christmas – but any home baked items might be a really nice adition. Anything you can do would be awesome! They are right now staying in temporary housing @ a 1 bedroom Motel room w/ no kitchenette & just a small refrigerator. They have a small burner and a microwave -  that’s all that is available for them to cook with.
  • Girl = 13, size womans’ L
  • Boy = 14, size XXL, size 38
  • Boy = 15, size XXL, size 40
  • Girl = 17, size womans’ L

  o Their needs include anything to celebrate Christmas – gifts, meal, etc.
     A movie night out w/ the family might be a great thing – or dinner.
  o Furnishings for their new place – I will get more details
  o Some gift cards to Walmart/Target/Fred Meyer for food/needs for the home/Christmas presents
  o A Permanent Place for their Family – getting a deposit together is a bit of a struggle.

Other ideas = sweats, hoodies, t-shirts
Underwear & socks
Backpacks for all 4

Gift Cards, etc…

2. Female – pregnant soon-to-be mom who is living w/ boyfriend who is working. They have been living downtown, but are moving to the Valley this weekend to be closer for her school. Do not have vehicle, transportation by bus only.

  o Crib for baby, due in late Feb – even a portable crib.
  o Maternity clothes for mom – need warm, winter clothes size 6-7 but pregnant.
  o Hooded sweatshirts – L
  o Sweats
  o Tops
  o New Baby items
  o Baby carrier
  o Baby bouncy
  o Diapers
  o Crib bedding
  o Bottles
  o Any other baby items
  o Baby warm outdoor clothes (for transporting in Feb/March via bus – waiting at bus stops, etc.)
  o Furnishings for new place (moving from a furnished to unfurnished)
  o Work pants for Dad
  o Black twill
  o Size 30/34’s
  o Hoodies/Sweatshirts – size M
  o Hygiene basket for both of them – needing all personal items.
  o His & Her shampoo
  o His & Her deodorant
  o Razors
  o Toothpaste, tooth brushes
  o Etc.
  o Gift for the 2 of them for Christmas – maybe a movie night, or dinner?

3. Contacts - Eye Exam & Contacts for 2 girls
  o Affecting their reading and studies, but won’t wear glasses & don’t have the funds for contact        exam or contacts
  o Having headaches from straining

4. Male – living at Crosswalk downtown
  o Needs size 11 tennis shoes
  o Socks
  o XL Sweatshirts/Hoodies
  o Shirts

5. Female – mom is having surgery and will be out of work for awhile
  o Need food
  o She is looking for a job (student) to help w/ finances
  o Gift cards

6. Female –
  o Needs clothes – size 20 jeans or equivalent

7. Male – Hoodies/sweatshirts – size XL

8. Female – winter shoes & tennis shoes size 9

9. Female – needs clothing and items for baby
  o Wears size 2 – needs any clothing
  o Especially sweatshirts - hoodies
  o Also desperately looking for a job – very hirable
  o Needs diapers for a two year old
  o Needs clothing for 2-year old

10. Female – need clothing and baby items
  o Baby – 2 ½
  o Baby boots 3T & shoes
  o 3T coat & warm cloth
  o Pullups
  o Lots Food
  o White winter coat – Small
  o Gloves for her
  o Gas Card

11. Female – 16
  o Likes black
  o Needs XL Hoodies/Sweatshirts
  o XLShirts
  o Very shy

12. Female – living on her own
  o Needs job
  o Food – mainly kitchen staples
  o Dinner plates & kitchen supplies
  o Cooking supplies

13. Female – in need of clothes
  o Size 10
  o In need of any clothes

14. Barker extras – just to have if needed for some of their students:
  o Hoodies/Sweatshirts all sizes : M/L/XL/XXL
  o T-shirts all sizes
  o Gloves & Coats
  o Sweats all sizes sexes
  o New Underwear & socks - both sexes and all sizes
  o Bus passes

Let me know any thoughts or suggestions you might have! Thanks!
And thanks again for all your help, helping these teens in need!

TOGETHER, We ARE Making A Difference!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

What a Community Can Do - TOGETHER!

This is just an update from the needs that were sent out about the “O” Family last week:


What a Blessing!

• I’d like to thank a certain Redeemer Lutheran mom’s group for their generous donations & a few other private donors for their caring donations for this family!
• A private donor donated propane on Friday – enough to last them for 15 days – which helps w/ cooking and hot water for showers & cleaning!
• We paid their lot rent on Monday, to ensure they would continue having shelter, heat, and a place to stay.
• Today I will be going with them to pay their storage up-to-date so that they will be able to access their belongings, and not lose their things to auction!
• Through Redeemer Lutheran, we were also able to secure a storage place at no cost for the “O” Family’s things. So we plan on moving their things this Sunday after church – any able & strong bodies that would like to help, please contact me! This will keep the storage fees from continuing to accrue monthly!
• What an amazing blessing our community has been for this family!!!! They are so encouraged!!!! Thank you for your continued prayers and care for this family. There are still needs that are needed, as you can check below – but what amazing things a community, coming together can do!!!!
• On behalf of the ENTIRE “O” Family – THANK YOU!!!!

TOGETHER, We ARE Making A Difference!