Changing Lives Programs
Donate: Changing Lives Program
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A Perfect Way to Participate and Help Contribute to Those in Need
Our Changing Lives Program provides an opportunity for anyone to choose a way to transform generosity into hope for our clients in need by sponsoring either a Buy-a-Bed campaign or hosting a drive for our Kitchen Essentials Program, or Household Linens Program. Start changing lives with us today.
Over the years, local retailers, schools, places of worship, scout troops, sports teams, and civic organizations have participated in one or more of our programs and have made a significant difference.
If you are a member of a corporate team or other group interested in doing volunteer work and are looking for a special project – one of these programs could fit your requirements. The first step would be to Email Donna Snow or Call (781) 944.9797 her to see which items are now in demand. Please leave a voice message if we are unable to take your call. We return every call.
Fundraising Projects or Host a Drive Ideas for Your Consideration
Buy-a-Bed Program (a Bed for Every Body)
When our founder, Tony Triglione, started the Mission of Deeds, he repeatedly said that one of his main purposes was to “get people off the floor.” Tony was referring to the fact that so many clients have no beds and are often sleeping on the floor before they come to us.
- Mission of Deeds acted and launched the Buy-a-Bed Program.
Today the need for beds is still growing as more families and children face difficult, sometimes desperate circumstances. The purchase of beds is the organization’s largest expense and will continue to rise as an ever-increasing number of families and individuals turn to Mission of Deeds for help at a time in their lives when they need it most.
Our well recognized and successful Buy-a-Bed Program has been sponsored by many local retailers and banks in a broad range of communities for years, as well as private and public schools (Malden Catholic, Austin Prep, Saint Joseph, Goddard School, and many Reading public schools) support our Buy-a-Bed campaign at different times throughout the school year. Local residents help by putting a donation in Mission of Deeds’ donation boxes at any number of locations. A donation of any amount is always gratefully accepted.
During the winter Holidays, individuals often donate $90-$100 for this cause and receive a tax-deductible donation receipt. This allows Mission of Deeds to provide a complete bed for one person.
- We give our clients everything needed for a complete bed: mattress, box spring, frame (twin/full/queen, crib or bunk bed), sheets, pillows, and blankets.
Although most of the furniture we give our clients is donated, due to hygiene and safety concerns, we do not accept donations of used mattresses, box springs, pillows, cribs, or bunk beds. Despite our best efforts, we have not been able to obtain donations of these items at no cost from retailers or manufacturers. However, after much research and arrangements with carefully chosen vendors, we purchase them at the best possible price.
We are dedicated to ensuring all our clients have a safe, comfortable place to sleep.
Kitchen Essentials Program
Our Kitchen Essentials Program ensures that our clients have what they need to cook at home, eat a nutritious meal, and save money.
We prefer to rely on donations for essential items such as pots, frying pans, roasting pans, cookie sheets, measuring cups/spoons, mixing spoons, spatulas, and toasters, but when donations fall short we purchase them to meet our clients’ needs.
There are many grocery resources for low-income families and individuals, such as food pantries and government programs. There are also many organizations providing information about cooking on a budget, such as Eat Right by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The Food Network writes,
However, without the necessary kitchen tools, cooking at home will not be possible. We give our clients the basic kitchen items they need to make a home-cooked meal, a much less expensive option than eating out or purchasing pre-cooked meals.
Can You Help?
Please consider donating new or gently used items or consider hosting a donation drive for them.
Email Donna Snow or Call (781) 944.9797 her to see which items are now in demand. Please leave a voice message if we are unable to take your call. We return every call.
Related Articles, Citations
(1) “10 Healthy Dinners for About $10” FoodNetwork.com, Food Network Kitchens, 2019, www.foodnetwork.com/healthy/photos/10-healthy-dinners-for-about-10.
Household Linens Program
Our Household Linens Program works hand-in-hand to support our major goal of providing beds for those in need. Many of our clients come to us from homeless shelters or other dire situations and need to be uplifted often “from the floor”.
We strive to provide mattresses to all who need them. However, mattresses alone are often not enough. Our clients need pillows, sheets, blankets, and comforters to put on those mattresses. Blankets and comforters are essential, especially during colder months.
MOD’s Household Linens Program tries to address these needs by supplying new or gently used bed linens.
In order to do this, we need your help. Please consider donating or hosting a donations drive for new pillows, or new or gently used sheets, blankets, comforters, or towels.
How to Help in a Significant Way
Mission of Deeds works with many local groups and individuals to support them in managing their own drives to benefit our client services programs. If you are a member of a corporate team or other group doing volunteer work and are looking for a special project – this is it!
We also rely on schools, places of worship, scout troops, sports teams, and civic organizations to help us meet the ongoing demand for household goods that are now part of our Household Linens Program and out Kitchen Essentials Program.
The Household Linens Program collects household items such as sheets, blankets, comforters, pillows, bath, and kitchen towels.
The Kitchen Essentials Program is based on using simple kitchen tools, pots, and pans to “cook at home, eat a nutritious meal, and save money”.
Both of these programs collect and accept items that may be new or gently used.
Host a Drive for Linens or Kitchen Essentials in Short Supply
Call us so we can help you plan your drive for maximum effectiveness.
We are always looking for volunteers to organize drives for “like new” items that are in short supply. These items can include towels, sheets, comforters, etc. We also need pots and pans as well as simple kitchen tools to support our Kitchen Essentials Program that is based on “cook at home, eat a nutritious meal, and save money”.
How to Organize a Successful Donation Drive to Benefit Mission of Deeds Clients
To ensure success, please follow these guidelines:
Step 1: Select an enthusiastic point person (Chairperson) to lead your event.
Step 2: Chairperson must contact Mission of Deeds (MOD) so we can help you plan your drive for maximum effectiveness and discuss the date as well as the items currently needed. Please Email: Donna Snow or, Call: (781) 944-9797.
Step 3: Get organized, select helpers, and pick a collection site.
Step 4: Promote the event on social media, and in local papers. Hang signs or banners.
Step 5: Provide Mission of Deeds branded containers at collection site.
We have labels you can attach to your containers.
Step 6: If necessary, have helpers at donation location to receive donated items.
Step 7: Bring collected items to MOD or arrange for us to pick up the items.
Step 8: Let us know about key volunteers and/or major donors so they may all be thanked appropriately.
We want to support your efforts so please contact us if you need any materials like a flyer or additional information.
Thanks for leading this project … your efforts ensure that our clients receive critically needed items.
Download: How to Organize a Successful Donation Drive to Benefit MODs Clients (PDF) Coming Soon!
Want to Learn More?
Next, email Donna Snow or, call (781) 944.9797 her to see which items are now in demand. Please leave a voice message if we are unable to take your call. We return every call.
- How to Organize and Host a Successful Donation Drive (PDF) Coming Soon!
- Mission of Deeds Brochure (PDF) Coming Soon!
- Thanks in advance for helping us out!
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