The Do1Thing cake donated for the Covenant House prom in Newark
If you’re wondering what all those single acts of kindness added up to on Valentine’s Day, here’s an early report from Covenant House:
In New York City approximately $20,000 was raised and you filled the clothing room with in-kind gifts.
In New Jersey you raised another $10,000, you filled half of a large room with donated goods, you filled the gym with people, threw a prom for the kids and you topped off the pantry and filled the freezer.
In Orlando you delivered new clothing, baby items, hygiene supplies, gym supplies, books and cash.
In Missouri local media coverage from St. Louis Catholic Review, KIHT and KLOU-FM spawned numerous clothing drives amongst you and you raised more cash for the local Covenant House.
In Georgia one of the highlights was a group of high school and college students from Christ Harvest Ministries, who stayed all day and played basketball with the kids. Covenant House also received numerous gift cards, clothes and school supplies from you.
In Michigan more than 100 of you showed up and donated cash along with in-kind gifts estimated at another couple of thousand dollars. The local Fox news television station helped raise awareness.
In Texas they’re still trying to add up the in-kind, monetary and gift card donations you delivered. They had terrific turn out due to coverage in the Houston Chronicle and a 3.5 minute piece on the local Fox morning show. Tours went on all day long. Importantly, many of you said you had never heard of Covenant House and came out that day because of the coverage.
In Washington D.C. coverage on the local NBC affiliate, local cable News Channel 8, and two local newspapers, the D.C. Examiner and East of the River, caused you to come out in large numbers and give in-kind donations.
Around the country Covenant House received at least $75,000 in cash donations, which is enough to keep at least two kids in a Covenant House facility for an entire year. This includes the cost of feeding them, housing them and providing them with all the medical and professional needs they might require.
Additionally, traffic at the Covenant House website was “way up” (we still don’t have exact numbers) and awareness of the youth homelessness problem was raised.
This all happened because so many of YOU did 1 thing.
If you weren’t able to Do 1 Thing on Valentine’s Day, that’s OK, there will be plenty of future opportunities.
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