Burners without Borders Backpacking and Bread Breaking
Burners without Borders utilized the space again this year for their annual Backpacks for the homeless event. And as always, it was a smashing success!
There was however a bit of a hiccup when all of the supplies needed to build the backpacks didn’t arrive on time. Luckily, serendipity and community aligned to make for a smooth transition to another date.
Burners Without Borders posted the following on their event page:
UPDATED>>>…THIS EVENT HAS TO BE RESCHEDULED…
We are very sorry to anyone this effects… we hope you can attend the new time. If not know we appreciate your efforts and continued support.. please read on
PLEASE READ THIS POST AND SHARE!!! OUR EVENT THIS SUNDAY HAS TO BE RESCHEDULED DUE TO THE SUPPLIES NOT ARRIVING TOMORROW AS PLANNED!!!
Thankfully I reached out the people who have it and they are very sad and apologetic..and have informed me that the supplies will arrive this coming Tuesday.
After a very exciting few hours of juggling Zakery Winchester has agreed to let Burners without Borders Detroit share the space he is using at the Tangent Gallery / Hastings Street Ballroom NEXT SATURDAY DECEMBER 8th.
Our event will use the ball room as we regularly do …our times are adjusted a bit… PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGES
The event went off without a hitch and the bay was filled with a sea of backpacks.
Each backpack contained food, warm weather items, hygiene and first aid packs, socks, A personal note and food gift certificates. Volunteers were urged to take backpacks to hand out personally with one caveat. That they make it a personal experience and connection.
The instructions were to hand the gift card to them personally and open with their name asking for the recipients name. Doxie (BWB Detroit’s fearless leader) made the point that so few people actually humanize the homeless. Asking for their name is a great way of breaking into a personal connection.
The Day of service ended with a community potluck and bread breaking.