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Monday, October 30, 2017

2018 Goals for Blessing Bags

For the 2018 year we have a couple of goals that we are looking to reach.

$13,000 for 2018

$5,000 Funding Goal for the Bags

Our overall goal for 2018 is to double our fundraising for the year, $4,000. While that might not sound like alot, that amount would provide us to make well over 1,000 blessing bags for the Roanoke Valley, including some for children, senior citizens and a few larger ones for families with small children.

$1,000 of this would fund the 2018 Christmas4Kids program. Each October and November we ask families that we work with if they would like to have their children listed on our program. Starting each December 1st, we ask the community, businesses and individuals alike to sponsor a child and purchase gifts up to $25 for them or make a $25 donation. We work on collecting the items and take the donations to purchase gifts on December 20th and 21st. We wrap them (if needed) and make a special Blessing Bag run just before Christmas each year for the families and the children. 

$2,000 for Office Property

Sure, I don't mind rocking bags in my basement but honestly I need a small office facility or a to rent a small lockable room here in Roanoke to take care of making bags, conducting operations and the like too. Were seeking $2,000 for 2018 in order to rent a small space. I've already contacted a couple of businesses here in Roanoke, in the Hollins area where we can obtain a deeply discounted rate on a two room office for just $200 a month. Not bad for a place where people can come make donations, meet or for us to hang our hats.

$6,000 Used Vehicle 

Our other goal is a bit different. As we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we will need to purchase some form of a transportation in order to deliver our bags to the homeless, the families in need as well as our distributing partners here in Roanoke.

We DON'T need anything fancy, BUT we want a used green car or truck. Our goal is to provide bags and in the process, keep our costs extremely low and help the environment at the same time. We have found several used electric powered cars for sale under $10,000 and that would be perfect for our delivery needs. It could be a Nissan Leaf, Fiat 500e, honestly we don't care as long as its run decent running order. While an electric car would be a pipe dream, a reliable $6,000 car of any kind would work for our needs.

Many non-profits have their own fleet of vehicles and we will need something that is efficient, something very easy to maintain and something that can last a long time, 10 years or more.

How We Will Become Funded

We plan on starting a campaign at the end of 2017 for the 2018 funding. We plan to ask churches, businesses and individuals just like you to make a donation to help fund us for the year. We will also be working on finding grants that can help cover some costs too.

  • 30% from public donations
  • 30% from churches
  • 30% from corporations
  • 10% from grants

I'm fully committed to making sure every dollar get maximized within the program, that bags are handed out here in SWVA and my continued promise that there are no salaries within the organization, it's 100% volunteer.

  • $4,000 to create 2,000+ bags in 2018
  • $1,000 for the Christmas 4 Kids Program
  • $2,000 for an operational space for the non-profit
  • $6,000+ for a vehicle of some kind for the non-profit
  • $13,000 Total we are seeking

Can You Help Us? 

We are working on some grants for 2018 as well as some help form various churches and businesses here in Roanoke, we could also use your help.

We would ask that you help promote us on social media when you can, volunteer and of course make a donation too!

Blessing Bags is a community effort and without your help, we can't create and pass out bags to those that truly need it!

Is the director of the Blessing Bag Program which started in 2016. From personally funding the program to becoming a small non-profit, Joshua not only oversee's the making of the bags but works with others in the community to make sure they get into the hands of the homeless and needy here in Southwestern Virginia.

Blessing Bag Program
Roanoke | Virginia