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Quick Version: Raising funds to buy blankets and distribute to the homeless and those in need.

Longer version: (Please read below)

Quick Version: 

Raising funds to buy blankets and distribute to the homeless and those in need. Just hit the giant orange GIVE button above on the right!

Longer version:

Hey all,

A few months ago a supplier that specializes in promotional gift items I collaborate with through work offered to sell me blankets he was looking to liquidate. There wasn't much I could do with a blanket work-wise so it got me thinking that it would be nice to make them go to use and distribute them to the homeless and others who could really make do with the blankets, mainly during the cold winter months.

I realize that I'm arriving slightly late with this, but don't let signs of an early Barcelona spring prevent you from realizing that its still ridiculously cold out there especially without the comforts of permanent shelter.

Just hit the giant orange GIVE button above on the right!

Few facts:

  • I told the supplier that I would take all the blankets off him - he has 750!
  • Buying each blanket for 2.30€ (inc. sales tax and accounting for payment commissions)
  • Normal price per unit for an identical blanket in stores like Natura or, more recently, Carrefour, is around 6-7€.
  • The blankets are RED!
  • Pretty decent dimensions: 1.50 x 1.30m

The price includes a printed logo on the blanket, so it will come with a SolRisa sun printed in the corner. I thought that giving a name to the cause, and brand it to an extent, would help us all - or at least myself - come up with many more things we could do and make this initiative gain more momentum!

The primary, and obvious, reason I have brought you to FundRazr is to raise funds to cover the 1725€ needed to buy all 750 blankets. That's a very realistic target, but I realize that some of you might feel more comfortable contributing in other ways! 

Donation options and keeping track:

Please do not make the mistake of thinking that a small contribution won't make a difference - it will! Enough of those and we'll cover ground in no time!

  • You can transfer it to my account (details on Facebook page)
  • Or give through this FundRazr page. It uses a PayPal interface so its fully secure.
    • Just hit the giant orange GIVE button above on the right!

    • Choose/insert the amount you would like to donate.

    • If you don't have a PayPal account you can pay using your debit/card card using the "Buy as a guest option" towards the bottom of the PayPal window. 

This shouldn't take more than a minute of your time! And very easy to do from your mobile!

Payments made through FundRazr will be reflected in the thermometer like status bar (as you would expect. Payments made to my account I will keep a record of in an Excel file and periodically let everyone know where we've gotten. Goal is to reach 1725€ between both.

Contributions can be fully anonymous through FundRazr but when finalizing the payment you have the option to publish your information (name and donation) on the Activity wall and share on your Facebook wall - mainly for recognition and the hope to encourage more people to follow suit! For those who choose to make transfers to my bank account please let me know if you prefer for me to share this information with others or keep it private. 

Just hit the giant orange GIVE button above on the right! I personally am starting with a contribution of 105€.

Other ways you can help:

  • Handing out these blankets with me (and others) (hopefully).
    • Need to organize cars to make this process easier. Or who drives a truck?
  • Giving me ideas of places in Barcelona where people could use these blankets (for instance, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, orphanages deprived of funds).
  • Donating foods that would be easy to hand out while giving out these blankets.
  • Sharing this!

I've committed to picking up all 750 blankets already, but the supplier is going to simplify things logistically and has offered to send them to me when I need them and a 100+ at a time. The blankets are ready now so will be in touch soon letting everyone know when we will go out to distribute them for the first time. So would be great if as many of you as possible could join or organize a trip to other parts of the city to do this in parallel! 

Then we can all meet for a drink, or many.

And please, if you can come out with any suggestions as to how we can make this more effective, fun, happy, and loving then please share!

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