A huge shout-out to all the folks who helped make this effort happen, both with donations and volunteers. 263 bags totaling 789 meals were distributed throughout our four locales.
Thanks so much to the Atheist Community Of Austin, I Support the Girls - Austin, Foundation Beyond Belief, and Freethinkers Association of Central Texas for donating to help make this possible, as well as our amazing individual donors to both the PayPal and Amazon wish list.
There's so much news that we'll have to post things in pieces.
1st and foremost, a wonderful thank you to all the volunteers that came out this past weekend. We packed up 341 bags, totaling 1,023 meals, in our new black plastic bags to distribute to our 4 primary locations + small camps further north.
This year's Secular Week of Action events started off with a huge downpour , but a handful of volunteers were able to make it work . All together, we packed up 257 plastic bags to add to our other 35 backpacks of items to make a total of roughly 1,168 meals for our community.
Thanks to the contribution of the Atheist Community Of Austin and a small assist from Foundation Beyond Belief and individual donors, we also distributed 215, 31-day bus passes throughout 3 of our locales. Through all the appreciation we received from our recipients (and sometimes a pleasant shock once they realize what they now have in their hands), we received comments such as "Nobody does stuff like this" and similar-toned responses; it lets us know of the immense value of this program, and we'd love to expand it further as we move forward.