Helping the less fortunate in Santa Barbara one item at a time.
Everyone deserves a wrapped Christmas gift on Christmas Day!
While we are huddled up in isolation with our families, practicing social distancing in a state-wide lock-down, it is so clear that some of the most vulnerable in our community are the homeless. We help feed them every week at PATH and have gotten to know so many of them. Besides the food and shelter insecurity they face daily, they are now completely exposed to spread of the corona virus, and will unwittingly help in its contagion. We, at The Jordan Elf Project, are looking to help PATH with extra funds and a blanket drive, one of the items they are in desperate need of, with the arrival of the cold weather. Please donate to our campaign here at The Jordan Elf Project and we will buy those supplies and give any extra funds to PATH.
PATH is dedicated to helping individuals, families and communities end their homelessness. PATH provides a variety of services for our own community, which includes employment, outreach, housing navigation, interim housing and rapid rehousing.
We have been volunteering at PATH since the start of Covid. With Christmas and the cold weather approaching, The Jordan Elf Project has stepped in to help with collecting 100 blankets. There are many ways in which you can help us. Donate at the link above, email us with donations you have or help us at the two blanket drives we have set up. Semi used or new blankets please.
Distance learning has highlighted many problems within a community that needs help. The role of public schools is very important to our community's most vulnerable families.
This year with the help of TheJordanElfProject we have been able to rise a large amount of funds to help this community.
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The Jordan Elf Project asked for help from The Boys Team Charity, to set up a clothing and water drive for the Rescue Mission. The response from the BTC community was fantastic. Due to the Corona Virus, the Rescue Mission was in need of water bottles for its residents and the homeless members it serves. The Rescue Mission was also very grateful for the clothing donations. Thank you BTC for your help!
Pictured: Our friend and Jordan Elf, Jaime Sanchez helping us hand over our donations to Eddie.
50 face shields to PATH
100 face shields that were sent all over SANTA BARBARA, and even to LA
Thank you homebrewproject for your donation of masks.
Another 50 face shields. This is a transition center that takes in homeless people in residence that need a little extra help.
Seeing as we knew some of the homeless from working at the Rescue Mission on a regular bases, we drove around and handed out the masks. They were happy to see us and we were happy to see them.
We noticed that the day workers were in need of some lunch, as they waited for work.
Lunch is always welcome in these hard times.
Handing over of the check for $1640 to Eddie at The Rescue Mission
Delivery of much needed paper goods as The Rescue Mission is having to serve meals outside
I was determined to help The Rescue Mission (www.sbrm.org) while we're all in lock down
It was clear that the homeless needed masks and they're not available anywhere. So with a little help from Youtube I made them from scratch
Putting my little sister to work
Please help me reach 200 masks
I need soap and disinfectant gel. Please email me and I can pick up.
The Rescue mission is having to buy extra supplies.
I did my research before we went to India and found the perfect place where we could help
Having coordinated with them before arrival, I found out that they needed food items and toys for the Christmas break
It's the simplest things in life that can bring such a big smile
These children were found on trains, living in the street or just left on the doorstep of the institute.
Sweets, chocolates and snacks are always a big hit.
I'm always humbled by the smiles and gratefullness for the smallest things
This year I spent Christmas in Mumbai, while I still wanted to follow the tradition of The Jordan Elf Project; finding a way to give a holiday gift to the most helpless in our communities. I did some research on where help was needed in Mumbai and contacted The Institute for Destitute Children. They said they needed food for the holidays, as well as toys and sporting equipment to keep the kids entertained.
Once I arrived in Mumbai, I organized the food, toys and equipment. It helped that I had grown up for 5 years of my childhood in Mumbai and knew my way around. We delivered the supplies and gifts on Christmas Eve and were able to visit with the staff and children of the Institute on Christmas Day. We played soccer, cricket and basketball with the children, who ranged in ages from about 5 to 16. Some of the staff were graduates of the Institute who had returned to work there. It was humbling to hear their stories of where they came from and how the Institute had become their family and prepared them for a productive and healthy life outside, We played with the children for several hours and did not want to leave, It's always difficult to leave and return to our lives, so far away in so many ways. I will always be grateful for the smiles and laughter they shared with us.
While passing my former elementary school every morning, I would notice children being dropped of early, rain or shine. These were kids that needed to go to school early so that their parents could get to work on time. I thought it would be a nice surprise if one morning the Easter Bunny would have a few treats waiting for these students at some of the local public schools. A small present from the Easter Bunny sure made thsee kids smile!
I am so grateful to everyone who helped me this year. I was able to buy twenty sleeping bags, blow up pillows and socks and hand them out in santa barbara . One of the statements I received this Christmas was, " this is the first gift I have received on Christmas in many years, I can't thank you enough." the experience was humbling. I am hoping to slowly expand my charitable organization
Four years ago my little brother wrote a Santa letter. Instead of toys for himself, he asked for 20 blankets to give to the poor in our community of Santa Barbara. That Christmas morning Santa brought Jordan all the blankets he asked for, and that afternoon we spent our time handing them out. It was an eye opening experience. Sometime later I asked my brother if he wanted to do this every year. He said "yes" with a smile, and I've made it it my mission to see how far we can take his good deed.
One year later we were fortunate enough to go to Goa, India, over Christmas. We continued our new found tradition by traveling to an orphanage and a home for the elderly on Christmas day to hand out gifts. Those small acts brought a lot of smiles.
This year we are back in Santa Barbara and hoping to raise enough money in order to buy sleeping bags for the homeless in our community. Our modest goal is to give away 100 sleeping bags. Will you help us get there?
Two ways to help us:
One, donate any amount you can towards our sleeping bag goal for this Christmas. Go to gofundme.com/the-jordan-elf-project
Two, become a Jordan Elf, get a T-Shirt, help raise more money, help hand out sleeping bags and start your own Jordan Project in your area.
I'm Jaden, big brother and proud Jordan Elf!
We will accept any amount of funds you are willing to donate to this cause through our Gofundme campaign. gofundme.com/the-jordan-elf-project
Every penny counts and 100% of your donation will go to sleeping bags that we'll hand out to the homeless in Santa Barbara on this Christmas Day.
You can also spread the word about our great cause. Become a Jordan Elf!!!!! Please sign up below and we'll keep you informed on the T-Shirts, how to help, how you can start your own campaign. Coming soon!
I hope to see this grow in the next couple of years into something much bigger, maybe even having Jordan Elves in every city across the world. For now we have to start with a small dream; to bring a smile to one homeless person at a time on Christmas Day
Become a Jordan Elf below and help us shape our future. Helping the less fortunate with one small act at a time