January 2015

Today is the 87th week of making and delivering care bags for the homeless of Logan Square, Chicago. January 26, 2015 makes over 466 care bags full of nutritious snacks, toiletries and assistance information delivered.

Thank you 

Winter For The Homeless In Logan Square

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Today is the 86th week of making and delivering care bags for the homeless of Logan Square, Chicago. January 19, 2015 makes over 461 care bags full of nutritious snacks, toiletries and assistance information delivered.

Help me make Facebook and other social media outlets a more positive and inspiring place by challenging others to post their acts of charity at least once a month. There are many, many studies showing the huge benefits of charity work, not just for your community but for yourself as a person. Don’t tag my word for it, get involved in something and see for yourself! Use the hash-tag‪#‎ShareTheCare‬ and get this thing going.

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January 19, 2015

I received some great donated items in the past couple days for the homeless. Its hard to imagine making these bags and giving support to the homeless without the generosity of friends around me.  These waterproof, fleece lined jackets are very comfortable and will provide a great layer of warmth, even when sleeping. Seven brand new jackets will provide comfort this winter to those that need it the most.

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January 15, 2015

I received another iPod for the homeless today, that makes 3 donated.  Please, if any of you have an old, working iPods in a drawer, this is a great way to breathe new life into something you’re not using. Music is a huge part of our lives, it can take us away to places and uplift us when we need it most. Many studies have shown, Music is an integral part of our overall health and well being. It has a potent effect on our psyche. Smartphones are taking the place of our old iPods, making them obsolete. Consider donating it to a homeless person, you can do so by sending them directly to me, Gene Pellegrene at P.O. Box 479304, Chicago, IL 60647. Please include the charging cord and any manuals. You can leave the songs on the devise or reset to factory settings, I will then reload the mp3 players with the recipients favorite songs or genre.

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January 13, 2015

I just received the BEST email, I’m not sure how they heard about care-bags.org but this donation is a huge help. I’m so grateful for this. Thank you Kleenex! :

I’m reaching out on behalf of my client, Kleenex brand. We have a surplus of 2000 travel packs of Kleenex facial tissue that we would love to donate to Care-bags. Could you provide me with more information on where to send the product (I don’t think we’ll be able to send a package to a PO box).

Thanks,
Maureen
On behalf of Kleenex brand

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Today is the 85th week of making and delivering care bags for the homeless of Logan Square, Chicago. January 11, 2015 will make over 456 care bags full of nutritious snacks, toiletries and assistance information delivered.

I always urge people to make their own care bags for the homeless in their communities. You can have an enormous impact even if you just make one care bag a month and deliver it to someone in need, even better to the same person and build on a relationship. When you develop and build a relationship with a homeless person you are saying, “I see you”, “I value you”, “I care about you”. Here are the contents of this weeks care bags, Information packet of local shelters and assistance, gallon zip-loc bag, hand warmers, wet-wipes, gold bond medicated powder, chapstick, antacids, tissue, hand lotion, sun chips, yogurt covered raisins, apple pie lara bar, clif bar, almonds, beef sticks, quaker soft baked bar, nature valley breakfast biscuits, nature valley sweet and salty peanut bar, kashi bar, soft and chewy granola bar, water, gatorade, nutrition drink, annie’s animal cookies, rice krispy treat, clif bar crunch, gogo squeeze applegrape packets, ritz crackers, hershey bar with almonds, peanut butter crackers. The past week I have been distributing coats, gloves, hats and scarves. I’ve been asking if anyone needs anything and show them the winter wear in the back of my suv for them to pick out the coat they want. I think tomorrow I may pick up some more items like individual peanut butter servings and a couple more items. Thanks for the support…

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 January 5, 2015,

I’ve been trying to find Roger to give him this indoor safe, propane heater. With a 1 pound tank it will last 6 hrs on the low setting. With these below freezing temps, this will be a whole lot better for warming his tent than sterno cans and a lot safer. Roger stays outdoors all year long, currently in a tent under an overpass. Everyday there is a chance the city will come and remove him or all his items, if he is present or not. Im trying to help provide Roger with as much comfort as possible in his current situation. This heater requires no electricity to start, costs under $90.00 and the 1lb propane tanks are around $3.50 each and readily available at many stores within walking distance to Roger.

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I gave these recently donated new boots to this man with worn out shoes. I asked him if he needed a warm coat or gloves, etc and asked him what his show size was. He was in dire need of those warm boots. It’s below freezing in Chicago right now. When he came to my car to look through the coats I had, I showed him the boots. He was so excited, kept saying it’s a blessing…it’s a blessing. Thank you so much. ***Update January, 15: I saw him again today with the boots on. He didn’t recognize me at first without a hat on when I asked him how the boots were. Once he figured out who I was, he was beaming with joy and went on to say those boots saved his life. He was so grateful and appreciative. What a difference in someones life something like a warm pair of boots can make. I’m truly lucky to be able to see this in humanity on a regular basis.

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Today is the 84th week of making and delivering care bags for the homeless of Logan Square, Chicago. January 3, 2015 will make over 450 care bags full of nutritious snacks, toiletries and assistance information delivered.

This years winter wear clothing drive at Brunzies Bar was an even bigger success than last year with over 40 pairs of gloves, over 50 scarves, 109 hats, over 60 hoodies/fleece jackets, 91 coats with too many clothing articles to count. Most of the items collected benefited those in need in Indiana. We are going to do this every year at The Hideout in Chicago and Brunzies in Indiana, PA. Its hard to describe the feelings I have that are generated from people going out of their way to help people they will never meet. I’m so appreciative of all of you that helped make this a great success. Thank you to everyone that made donations both monetary and clothing for the homeless. I’m looking forward to taking out the gloves/hats, coats and great pair of new boots I’m going to give to Roger tomorrow when I deliver the care bags.

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