1 Month of Milk and After School Snacks for Homeless Children

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End Date: Sun, 02/13/2011 - 11:59am

Help us raise $500 to pay for one month of milk and after school snacks for children living at the Carpenter's Shelter's residential facility.

The Carpenter’s Shelter houses from 20-25 children and provides them with milk and after school snacks every day to make shelter children have the energy they need to focus on their homework as they work with tutors to ensure the children leave the shelter at or above their appropriate grade level. One month's worth of after school snacks costs approximately $500 each month.

After school snacks may not seem important, but children who aren't hungry learn better, behave better, and feel better.

And thanks to Brooke Curran and the Running Brooke Fund we have a great opportunity to maximize your donation. The Running Brooke fund is chipping in up to $500 in matching donations, effectively doubling the impact of your small donation!

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Click on the Take Action button to help provide milk and after school snacks to children at Carpenter’s Shelter today! You will be taken directly to the Carperter's Shelter donation link to make a small donation.

Homeless Children Face Unique Challenges
Homeless children face more physical, psychological, and emotional difficulties than other children, but with early intervention provided by organizations like Carpenter’s Shelter, children can learn to overcome many of the detrimental effects of their poverty and homeless experiences.  The housing, nutritional, and educational support provided by Carpenter’ Shelter helps to mitigate the effects of homelessness on Alexandria’s children.

According to The National Center on Family Homelessness, every year, hundreds of thousands of American families become homeless, including more than 1.5 million children. Children experiencing homelessness:

•    Are sick four times more often than other children.
•    Go hungry at twice the rate of other children.
•    Have three times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems compared to non-homeless children.
•    Almost 25% have witnessed acts of violence within their families.
•    Four times more likely to show delayed development.
•    Twice as likely to have learning disabilities as non-homeless children.

In 2010, the City of Alexandria identified 359 individuals and families as homeless, 88 of which were children.

About Carpenter’s Shelter
Since 1988, Carpenter’s Shelter has been working tirelessly to overcome homelessness among children, families, and adults. Carpenter’s Shelter is a proactive partner with the City of Alexandria and the greater Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area working to eliminate homelessness through respect, responsibility and results.  By using a holistic approach to homelessness, Carpenter’s Shelter advocates self-reliance through education and provide programs and services as needed. Find out more about Carpenter's Shelter at their website: http://www.carpentersshelter.org/

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"Running to raise awareness and to raise money for the at-risk children and families of Alexandria."

For more information about the Running Brooke Fund, visit: http://www.runningbrooke.com/about.html