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Tuesday, October 10

What we do Makes a Difference Locally!

Being citizen of the Roanoke Valley, I'm proud to call out little corner of the world, home. Roanoke is a small quaint place, filled with a lot of down to Earth people who are friendly and its still a relatively safe place to raise a family.

Creating blessing bags for the community is my way of showing that people care about others right here in our area. I started the program as a way to show that your neighbors, friends and family can come together to help those that honestly need it, be it homeless or simply in a temporary bind with finances.

Over the course of the last 12 months, we've created and passed out over 700 bags, FAR MORE than even I had hoped. While that's a LOT for a small non-profit, it's not enough to cover the nearly 500+ homeless and 1,700+ families that are termed in "extreme poverty".

Recently, I had heard back from one person that helps pass out the bags each month and they had some good stuff to say about it!

"We have had alot of people come by and they  love the bags with tuna or snacks  they say its the only thing they have other than our food for them said to thank you so much for all you do!"

It's little thank you notes just like that really make my day. Sure, what we do will not solve the worlds problems, but if we can help make a small difference in people locally that need the help, we are one step closer to helping them get back on their feet.

Sure, there are plenty of non-profits that work with homeless and needy in our area, but none are dedicated to helping like we are. Most are equipped to provide shelter, clothes and food, we primarily provide hygiene related items, some snacks and small clothing items for winter like hats and gloves.

Our annual goal is $44,000. We are no where near that goal yet, but as we grow we are slowly reaching that! In 2017 we will be lucky if we reach $5,000 BUT we're young and determined to help those in Roanoke and beyond through grants and donations in the form of both cash and items needed for the program.

The $44,000 will cover enough bags each month for all the homeless those in extreme poverty in and around Roanoke.

Thank you to each and everyone of you that has donated to the program so far, as well as those that have clicked an advertisement on the website, simply shared on social media or those that have asked us to come and speak at their organization.

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. Joshua runs the program in his spare time when not working fulltime.

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