Giving Skagit Day
December 1, 2020
Every year, winter is hard on our neighbors without homes. Seniors, veterans, and families with low (or these days, no) income struggle to keep the housing they have. When something goes wrong in their life, it can lead them to spiral back down, erasing months or years of progress. This year, with COVID-19 possibly ramping up again and a chaotic economy, it will be even harder.
But you can help in a very big way!
On Dec. 1, Giving Tuesday – which we’re calling Giving Skagit Day – we’re hoping to raise $11,250, enough to stockpile a supply of 250 Critical Needs Vouchers, worth $45 each.
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We can then give these vouchers out as people come to us with immediate and urgent needs – to prevent their lives from spiraling out of control. What makes a Critical Needs Voucher so effective? A voucher gives the person the freedom to just go and get what they need most, right now.
Think about it this way:
Imagine a homeless person who desperately needs new socks (this is a very common need). They go to an event that serves people who are homeless, and they walk away with a coat and a blanket. They’re thinking, “That’s great and wonderful, but what I really needed were some socks!”
This happens all the time. Our team hears about all sorts of urgent and immediate needs, such as:
- A prescription refill
- A coat, boots, thermals, jeans, socks, hat, or other clothing
- A tent, tarp, or poncho
- A new ID card
- A warm meal
- Feminine hygiene products, underwear & toiletries
- Medicine for kids
- Bus Pass, Taxi, Gas Cards or other transportation needs
- Medicine for kids
A $45 Critical Needs Voucher allows the person to get what they need, right away. And unlike cash, it cannot be used to purchase anything and everything. Sometimes, to make it as easy as possible, we’ll even send the voucher to the store, and the person in need just has to go there and use it. On Giving Skagit Day, Dec. 1, will you please give what you can to help us raise $11,250 – enough for 250 Critical Needs Vouchers? If you don’t want to wait, you can give now too!
Thank you for helping us stockpile 250 vouchers for the winter!
What Is Giving Tuesday?
In case you haven’t heard of it or never had it explained, Giving Tuesday happens every year the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Week are all about spending money.
Giving Tuesday is about giving. Instead of buying presents, you take some of the money you would have spent anyway, and give it to a charity with a mission you care about deeply.
Giving Tuesday is a way to restore some of the real meaning back to the holiday season. You can involve your kids and other relatives, and share your actions on social media to help remind people to be generous during this time of year.
We’ve changed the name to Giving Skagit Day, and I hope you’ll join with your friends and neighbors to help stockpile 250 Critical Needs Vouchers for the coming winter.